Russian protest leader charged with plotting mass disorder
Russian activist Sergei Udaltsov talks to reporters Friday after being questioned in Moscow.
October 26th, 2012
08:30 AM ET

Russian protest leader charged with plotting mass disorder

A high-profile Russian protester has been charged with plotting mass disorder, a Russian state media outlet reported Friday.

He is Sergei Udaltsov, who has helped organize mass protests against President Vladimir Putin's rule, RIA Novosti said.

Udaltsov, the 35-year-old leader of the Left Front movement, is free but has been ordered not to leave Moscow.

The plotting charge comes from news footage that showed Udaltsov and two other Left Front members meeting a Georgian politician to discuss how to overthrow Putin. Udaltsov said the news footage is fake.

Media reports had speculated that Udaltsov could try to leave Russia before he received a summons.

"If anyone expected me to flee abroad, they were mistaken," Udaltsov said.

“Udaltsov was under close observation, but at one point the people trailing him vanished,” Left Front activist Alexei Sakhnin told journalists outside the headquarters of the Investigation Committee.

“We were given a clear signal. They expected him to flee to some civilized country and for us quit the political arena.”

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  1. Steve

    I wish I were as brave as this man. Is there no depth to whichi putin will not sink to keep him and his fellow kleptocrats in power?

    October 26, 2012 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Roma

      Get your head out of your thing – he is a terrorist

      October 26, 2012 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stubbs

      AGREED. He is a brave man to stand up to such tyranny. In the U.S. we don't even bother to vote...where are our heroes??

      October 29, 2012 at 12:06 am | Report abuse |
  2. Frank

    People of the United States,Russia and President Obama,
    Are you getting this Mr.Presdent,where's the Free Speech and Freedom of Assembly in Russia, Mr.President,You want to have more flexability after the election to give Mr. Putin what he wants.What does he want Mr.Presiden?Europe, the Middle East,a Trillion Dollars?If you do not realize you are dealing with an EX-KGB Operative and all around bad guy,then re-election shouldl not be in your future,Your ability to operate as Commander and Chief and Control of the Nuclear Football should be stripped and go to VP Biden ,as bad as the may be, at least he would defend the U.S. from attack.

    October 26, 2012 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Claude Gothic

      Obama gave the order to take bin Laden down and has also been using drones aplenty to eviscerate al Qaeda...and you think he's unwilling to defend the US from attack!?!?!?

      October 26, 2012 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • frank rizzo

      Quite the rambling post there Frankie.... I'm not quite sure what your point is.

      Russia is not the U.S. They do things their own way. What our president and the nuclear football have to do with this is only clear inside your oddly wired set of 27 neurons.

      October 26, 2012 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Roma

      Wow, CNN clearly had censored and deleted my comment where I have advised Frank to keep his mouth shut before embarrassing himself even further, because here in Siberia we speak and understand English language, too.

      October 26, 2012 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Chidi

    I'm sorry U.S can't hold Russia... They are prophecies to be fulfilled.

    I'm just soo sorry.

    But U.S. should be very vigillant

    October 26, 2012 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  4. squirt

    The Russian soul requires a strong-handed leader, otherwise, chaos reins supreme! Putin is no different than Stalin, Peter the Great, Brezhnev or any other leader of Russia. He has resorted to the old NKVD form of control of the Russian people while walking that fine line between control of the masses and mollifying the rich. If the oligarchs wanted him out of power, he'd be gone quickly!! They are, ultimately, the powers that run things, and their money will never relinquish any power, I believe!! Maybe the soul of the Russian people will take over and they will get rid of him somehow. But would things be worse...for the Russians, for Europe...and for us?? Chert znaet tol'ko!!

    October 27, 2012 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
    • SobakaKachalova

      Russian soul does not require "a strong-handed leader", it requires a well built "domestic violence law" and a course of psychotherapy (debriefing) for the entire country. Same like Iran probably do now. They are all normal people like everybody else, they've just been abused for a long period of time. Now it's hard for them to get up even on their knees. You should be supportive.

      October 28, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Gef

    Well the Old Russian people used to be rule by a dictator ,Stalin or the others.Now the young and prospert Russian are cityzens of the world too.putin wants to go back in time with his old guard.We will follow what will happened to this person and his others people of opinion.where is Medvedev during this time????

    October 28, 2012 at 7:23 am | Report abuse |
  6. bankkiller1

    Just like the USA! Russia is ruled by Putin who just happens to own the largest OIL company AND the largest Gas company. Pretty handy eh? Our corruption here is only slightly more subtle. Here Big Corporations OWN Congress as evidenced by who they benefit. BIG MONEY rules the world. You can be subversive...grow your own food, share files and use disruptive media. CNN very nice stooge!

    October 28, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Ekaterina Kaverina


    October 28, 2012 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Leroy

      Thank You for your intelligent comment. I totally agree with you.

      October 28, 2012 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
  8. geo

    The thing that this article doesn't mention is that Udaltsov is a hard-core commie

    October 29, 2012 at 12:49 am | Report abuse |
  9. framer

    Sergei Udaltsov is former useless bum ( never worked )and now is well paid by western secret services Russian riotmaker . Nothing new since revolution 1917 with same scenario . Divide and Rule

    November 7, 2012 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |