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Serbian Minister Delivered Transcripts of Russian Opposition Meetings in Belgrade

Serbia’s Interior Minister Aleksandar Vulin submitted to the Kremlin transcripts of wiretapped conversations which took place in Belgrade between members of the Russian opposition, Russian opposition politician Vladimir Kara-Murza has announced, adding 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 coloured revolutions,” Kara-Murza told the Wednesday 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 EU and the UK – 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 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 organised their gathering in Belgrade.

Media earlier reported that Belgrade was chosen because Russian citizens can enter Serbia without a visa.

Later on Wednesday, Vulin denied the accusations, saying that “every fool can have his own opinion, just as every spy can present himself as a humanitarian worker or activist of any kind.”

“I don’t know which category Russian opposition politician Vladimir Kara-Murza falls into, but I know that he is a liar who will have to prove his lies before both Serbia’s and Russia’s courts, wherever I  can bring him to justice. Lying that the Interior Minister gives any information to anyone is a dangerous and calculated manner to present Serbia as a non-sovereign country ruled by others,“ Vulin said, according to a statement of his ministry.