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Lawyer Boris Kuznetsov speaks to the press after a Supreme Court session that examined the Proscurot General's Office's case against Kalmykian senator Levon Chakhmakhchyan, June 22, 2006.
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Feb. 05, 2008
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Boris Kuznetsov Seeks Asylum in U.S.
Well-known Moscow lawyer Boris Kuznetsov, who has lived in New Jersey for the last several months, and who is suspected of revealing state secrets in Russia, has applied for political asylum in the United States. Kuznetsov claimed that the persecution by the FSB made it impossible to live in Russia, where his wife remains. Kuznetsov left Russia for Germany and France in July of last year. He stayed there until his Schengen visa ran out several months ago. Now his American visa is reaching its end as well. His application for political asylum gives him the right to continue living in the U.S. until a decision is made on his case.
Kuznetsov says that he is writing a book about his professional activities in Russia, including in the cases of Igor Sutyagin, who was convicted of revealing state secrets; the tragedy of the submarine Kursk; and former member of the Federation Council Levon Chakhmakhchyan, who is now on trial for demanding $300,000 from chairman of the board of Transeaero Alexander Plashakov. Kuznetsov claims that it was those three cases that got him in trouble with the FSB.

In actuality, it is not the FSB, but the investigative committee of the Prosecutor General's Office that is investigating a case against him for revealing state secrets for his handling of two documents in the Chakhmakhchyan case. He ordered the secret documents copied and sent the copies to the Constitutional Court, where they were read by people without clearance. His case is being handled by Timur Tamaev, son of well-known investigator Gen. Ruslan Tamaev. There is no warrant out for his arrest.


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