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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Parliament Group Faces Charges

The speaker of the former parliament, Ruslan Khasbulatov, and former Vice President Alexander Rutskoi are to be charged by Sunday in connection with the fighting that rocked Moscow early this month, a spokesman for the Security Ministry said Thursday.


Vladimir Tomarovsky said that the two men, who are being held in Lefortovo prison, will be charged by Sunday but he could not comment on what the charges would be.


Retired Colonel General Albert Makashov, who led the armed resistance at the White House, has been formally charged with fomenting "public unrest", during the fighting in which more then 170 died, according to Alexander Zvyagentsev, a spokesman for the Pubic Prosecutor's Office.


Makashov, who was seen directing the attack on Ostankino television Oct. 3, is the first of the White House leaders to be formally accused with the charge, which Zvyagentsev said carries a sentence of two to 15 years imprisonment.


After failing to seize the Ostankino building, Makashov returned to the White House to organize its defense and was arrested when troops loyal to President Boris Yeltsin stormed the parliament building on Oct. 4.


Makashov was put in Lefortovo, the Security Ministry prison, together with Khasbulatov, Rutskoi and a number of other White House leaders.


According to Interior Ministry statistics, most of the 1, 338 detained defenders of the White House have been released. But Zvyagentsev said all those detained had been registered and photographed and may be rounded up if enough evidence is found to file charges.


Meanwhile in the disputed Transdnestrian republic of Moldova, the nationalist commander of Russia's 14th Army stationed there, General Alexander Lebed, accused the security minister and deputy interior minister of the self-proclaimed republic of arming the White House.


Lebed said 50 automatic rifles had been sent in a post sack to the parliament building in Moscow, and that he knew the names of eight officers from the Transdnestr forces who were involved in the fighting.