Russian opposition politician Vladimir Kara-Murza has announced that Serbia's Minister of the Interior Aleksandar Vulin submitted to the Kremlj transcripts of wiretapped conversations which took place in Belgrade between members of the Russian opposition, and that Andrei Pivovarov, the former director of the NGO "Open Russia," was arrested as a result.
"Last May, Vulin visited Moscow to deliver the transcripts of our Belgrade meetings. He met with National Security Secretary Aleksei Patrushev and they then formed a so-called working group for combating colored revolutions," Kara-Murza told the Jan. 12 edition of the Nova daily.
The newspaper describes Kara-Murza as a Russian politician, writer and historian who was instrumental to the adoption of the Magnitsky Act in the United States, Canada, the European Union and the United Kingdom -- a law mandating sanctions against Russian citizens who violate human rights.
Kara-Murza further told the daily that members of the Russian opposition had attempted to hold a gathering in Moscow but that "a few dozen police units armed to the teeth burst into the room" and arrested them.
According to him, this led to them meeting at a later date at a hotel in New Belgrade. "[Our] conference lasted a week and we immediately noticed we were being followed. All our conversations were recorded," Kara-Murza said, adding that Pivovarov had organized their gathering in Belgrade.