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Moscow court to consider ex-intelligence officer Kvachkov's appeal

RIA Novosti

05:45 17/01/2011 MOSCOW, January 17 (RIA Novosti) - The Moscow City Court will on Monday consider an appeal against the arrest of ex-intelligence officer Vladimir Kvachkov, his lawyer Alexei Pershin said.

Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) in December accused Kvachkov of preparing an armed rebellion for the forceful seizure of power in Russia.

Kvachkov was arrested a day after Russia's Supreme Court upheld his acquittal in a high-profile case of an assassination attempt in 2005 on Anatoly Chubais, former head of the UES electricity giant and architect of post-Soviet reforms.

According to the FSB, Kvachkov, as head of the headquarters of the Minin and Pozharsky public militia group, plotted to seize weapons in several military units and organize an armed march on Moscow for the forceful overthrow of power, business daily Kommersant reported in December.

Kvachkov's defense, however, has said the FSB's allegations are unfounded.

Kvachkov has denied the accusations, saying they are based on false allegations that he and members of an organization he leads were plotting a coup.

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