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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Vedenkin Charged With Murder Plot

Extremist politician Alexei Vedenkin has been charged with plotting to murder two parliamentary deputies, a spokesman for the Moscow Prosecutor's Office said Monday.

Vitaly Ryabov said that all other proposed charges against Vedenkin, deputy head of the extreme nationalist Russian National Unity party, including divulging state secrets, stirring up interethnic hostility and discord, and stealing state documents, had been dropped.

"By saying he would kill two deputies after coming to power he provided just cause to proceed with charges," Ryabov said, adding that Vedenkin faced a maximum six-month imprisonment if convicted.

Vedenkin, who was arrested Feb. 28, said in a nationally televised interview that he would personally be ready to execute Sergei Kovalyov, who was Russia's human rights commissioner until his dismissal by the State Duma last Friday, and Sergei Yushenkov, head of the Duma' Defense Committee, both of whom have been outspoken opponents of the war in Chechnya.

Ryabov said a prosecutor had prolonged Vedenkin's imprisonment in Lefortovo prison for up two months.