Russian lawyer Anatoly Kucherena has been arrested for allegedly attempting to assassinate President Vladimir Putin, a Russian news agency said on Tuesday.
Kucherenea, a well-known lawyer and former aide to President Vladimir Yevtushenko, was arrested on Monday at his Moscow apartment, according to the RIA Novosti news agency.
He is a former adviser to Yevtsiya Tsvetkova, a politician who has also been linked to a Kremlin crackdown on the opposition.
According to a statement from the Russian Prosecutor General’s Office, Kuchela was detained on Sunday for allegedly trying to overthrow Putin, an assertion denied by Kucheta’s lawyer, Mikhail Grishin.
In a Facebook post, Grishins described Kuchererena’s arrest as an “act of terror”.
“It’s not just a matter of being a critic,” Grishint said.
“We don’t want to talk about it, because it is a criminal act.
We want to see an official response from the Kremlin.”
Kuchetreanu was first arrested in April, and then charged with “providing information about the activities of foreign agents” and “attempting to overthrow the government”.
He has denied all charges.
Earlier this month, the Kremlin announced the arrest of a number of high-ranking officials in the Russian parliament, accusing them of involvement in an illegal “anti-Maidan” campaign.
Moscow has been cracking down on the country’s pro-democracy protests, and the arrests of prominent opponents of the Kremlin have followed a series of crackdowns on opposition figures and journalists.