Hoo boy. This ought to be interesting to follow. It seems as if Jason Bourne/James Bond movies come to life whenever Russian politics are concerned, so I can't wait to find out what becomes of this.
I'm indifferent to Assange himself, mostly because although I am a proponent of truth-telling and uncovering corruption and misdeeds the man seems to be somewhat of an ego-maniac. Also, his Iraq disclosures materially damaged and risked security with detailed information that is not relevant to corruption, but IS relevent to keeping sources alive and logistics/operations fueled and smooth. I didn't like it when reporters materially leaked operations on tv, and I don't like what Assange did via the internet for the same reason.
Here's another interesting thing I found linked from that article....Garry Kasparov, the world's best and most genius chess player, is running opposition politics in Russia. http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1604889,00.html
Suffice to say, I find that fascinating on numerous levels. A brain like Kasparov's is an invaluable thing. And dangerous to boot, once it's set free to work.