6 Sep 2017 15:56

Udaltsov to visit Investigative Committee on September 8, to refuse to testify - lawyer

MOSCOW. Sept 6 (Interfax) - Left Front coordinator Sergei Udaltsov intends to visit the Russian Investigative Committee on September, where he was summoned to be questioned as a witness in the criminal case involving the May 2012 riots on Bolotnaya Square, his lawyer Violetta Volkova told Interfax.

"Of course, he doesn't really want to, but he will come. As to his testimony in the case, it's not difficult to predict his actions. As usual, Udaltsov will refuse to testify, using Article 51 of the Constitution (no one is obligated to testify against oneself, their spouse and close relatives)," the lawyer said.

She also said it is not very probable that Udaltsov will again be charged in this case because he was already convicted for it and has fully served his term.

Russian Investigative Committee official Svetlana Petrenko earlier told Interfax that Udaltsov had been summoned to the Investigative Committee for questioning. She did not specify the case in question and Udaltsov's status in the case.

Udaltsov was just a month ago released from a penal colony, where he had fully served his 4.5-year jail term for organization of mass riots in Moscow's Bolotnaya Square on May 6, 2012 and preparations for the organization of mass riots in other regions of the country,.