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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Rutskoi, Khasbulatov Are Charged

Former Vice President Alexander Rutskoi and former parliament speaker Ruslan Khasbulatov, who led a hardline rebellion against President Boris Yeltsin, have been charged with "organizing mass disorder", the public prosecutor's office announced Friday.


The charge carries a prison sentence of between two and 15 years.


Former Security Minister Viktor Barannikov was also charged in connection with the abortive revolt by parliamentary hardliners, according to the prosecutor's office quoted by Interfax.


Andrei Dunayev, "interior minister" of the rebel parliament's parallel administration, Vladislav Achalov, its "defense minister", and Viklor Anpilov, leader of an outlawed communist group, were also charged, the agency said.


The agency also said other people had been charged with organizing mass disorder, although it gave no more names.


Rutskoi and Khasbulatov, who were arrested on Oct. 4, are currently being held at Lefortovo prison in Moscow.