LIVE UPDATES: An Estonian businessman was detained February 11 at Moscow’s Sheremetyovo Airport on suspicion of espionage
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The incident took place near the Vesknarva border guard base by the northeastern tip of Lake Peispi shortly before noon local time, military spokesmen said. The Russian aircraft was in Estonian air space for less than a minute, and had switched off its transponder. No flight plan was submitted to Estonia and there was no radio contact.
Russian police have refused to open a case based on the complaint of Parnas opposition party leader Mikhail Kasyanov, RBC.ru reports.
Kasyanov filed a complaint regarding the attack on him by a group of men in a cafe who hurled a cake at him and said they would “get revenge on him.” Three Chechen policemen were immediately detained, but then released because Kasyanov couldn’t positively identify them as the assailants. The police then refused to look further.
Earlier this week, the interior minister, Vladimir Kolokoltsev, responding to a parliamentary inquiry from opposition member Dmitry Gudkov, said his ministry would review Kasyanov’s case.
Kasyanov linked the cake-throwing with a threat from Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov published earlier this month. On Instagram, Kadyrov uploaded a clip from a surveillance tape of Kasyanov and Vladimir Kara-Murza, Jr. dining in Strasbourg, with a sniper scope superimposed over it. The Chechen government also orchestrated a “million-Muslim march” where people carried posters calling Kasyanov and other opposition leaders “traitors” and “fifth columnists.”
A complaint was also filed with the FSB and Investigative Committee regarding the Instagram threat but these agencies did not respond, says Kasyanov.
Undeterred, Kasyanov continued on his scheduled visits to other cities, but was also attacked in Vladimir, where activists from NOD (Russian National Liberation) headed by Duma deputy Yevgeny Fyodorov, threw eggs at him as he went to a press conference, and urged him to leave Russia. He cancelled a public appearance in Nizhny Novgorod, where several dozen thugs disrupted his press conference.
Ilya Yashin, a member of Parnas, will release a report on Ramzan Kadyrov on February 23.
— Catherine A. Fitzpatrick
Susi was offered to proceed to Lubyanka. The next day he was arrested for two months by decision of the Lefortovo Court, charged with espionage under Art. 276. Now Susi is in the pre-trial detention center at Lefortovo. It is still early to speak about the direction in which his case will go since investigative actions have still not been conducted. The defense has contested the arrest, but the date for review of the complaint has not been set.
— Catherine A. Fitzpatrick