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Russian activist and poet Artyom Kamardin has been beaten and raped by Moscow police, Novaya Gazeta Europe reported on Monday.

A source told the outlet that security agents “beat Kamardin severely and shoved a dumbbell into his anus.” They then forced him to apologise on camera for saying the words “Glory to Kyivan Rus — Novorossiya can suck it” at an anti-mobilisation gathering.

Earlier on September 26, Novaya Gazeta Europe reported that police had gone to the apartment where Kamardin lives to “inspect the premises,” citing Kamardin’s lawyer, Leonid Solovyov. After the “inspection,” Solovyov said, the police took Kamardin, along with activists Alexandra Popova and Alexander Menyukov, who he lives with, to a police station.

The Telegram channel 112 posted a video that shows Kamardin apologising “to the multi-ethnic Russian people” with what appear to be bruises and cuts on his face.

OVD-Info reported later on September 26 that Alexandra Popova has been released from police custody. She told the independent outlet that officers pulled out her hair, applied superglue to her mouth and face, threatened to rape her, and showed her a video of them raping Kamardin.

On September 25, Artem Kamardin took part in a poetry reading dedicated to opposing Russia’s mobilisation. It was there that he read the words he was later forced to apologise for.

Gen. Alexey Sedov
Mikhail Fomichev / TASS

Meanwhile General Alexey Sedov, the current head of the FSB’s Second Service, tasked with “the defence of constitutional government and countering terrorism,” is worth a billion rubles (or $17.2 million), according to a new investigation published by Navalny Live on YouTube.

The FSB’s Second Service specializes in suppressing Russia’s political opposition. They conduct surveillance, harass and attack inconvenient figures, and make up lists of “foreign agents” and “undesirable organizations.” Alexey Sedov is currently in charge of this repressive organ.

Team Navalny has established that Sedov owns a 5,000-square-foot house in Moscow’s elite Serebryany Bor neighbourhood, a private and scenic wooded area overlooking the Moscow River. The investigative team estimates the property’s value as 900 million rubles (about €15 million).

In the past, the Serebryany Bor property belonged to Mosdachtrest, a real estate company owned by the oligarch Vladimir Yevtushenkov. The property’s current registered owner is the Russian Federation. Team Navalny does not disclose the sources that allowed them to conclude that the address really does belong to Sedov.

According to the video, Sedov and his family own other real estate, valued at 25, 30, 35 and 70 million rubles (in the range, that is, roughly between €430,000 and €1.2 million).

The value of the real estate belonging to Sedov’s daughter was established by the investigative team “on the basis of food delivery orders.” This may be Team Navalny’s reference to a recent Yandex.Eda (translated as “Yandex.Food”) data leak.

In addition, members of Sedov’s family own an array of luxury cars, including a Gelandewagen — a G-class Mercedes SUV, marketed by Mercedes as a car “for those who live forever” in its “Immortal Love” campaign.

It is also asserted in the new video that Sedov’s grandchild was fathered by an Italian citizen, who owns additional real estate in Sicily.



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