A U.S. army veteran and rock band musician – who resides in Moscow – has been arrested on suspicion of drug trafficking. Michael Travis Leake, who lives in Russia since 2010, was detained on Saturday for allegedly promoting amphetamine and mephedrone.
“Moscow’s Khamovnichesky court docket claimed that Mr Leake had ‘organised the sale of medicine to younger folks’, AFP reported. He denies the costs.
Russian state tv broadcast footage from Mr Leake’s trial that confirmed him locked in a metallic cage.
In a separate video shared on-line, he mentioned he ‘didn’t know’ why he was detained.
Showing confused, he mentioned he didn’t imagine he had completed what he was accused of, as a result of he didn’t know what the costs had been.”
Leake is no less than the third distinguished American to be arrested in Russia recently, after WNBA participant Brittney Griner – additionally accused of drug costs, and swapped by arms vendor Viktor Bout, and correspondent for the Wall Avenue Journal Evan Gershkovich, awaiting trial for espionage.
A spokesperson for the US State Division mentioned it was carefully monitoring the case. Leake will likely be held in custody till 6 August, pending a potential trial.
“CNN filmed with Leake in 2014 for an episode of Components Unknown in Moscow and St. Petersburg.
Host Anthony Bourdain had personally hand-picked Leake to take part within the present.
Within the episode, Leake talked about his frustrations with censorship and relayed an incident involving his band and MTV. ‘This was a documentary sequence about musicians standing up and risking their lives in some circumstances, to face up in opposition to authorities abuse of energy, authorities corruption,” he mentioned. ‘And but, a international authorities was capable of editorially management what People viewers see on their TV screens. That to me is a scandal of epic proportion’.”
The documentary episode is available online. Earlier than interview with him started, Leake half-joked with host Bourdain about audio issues the crew was having:
“It’s the KGB, they’re blocking your sign. I’m positive they’ve somebody in your tail all the time.”