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Duma deputy speaker asks police to investigate facts in controversial film “Anatomy of Protest-2”

October 08, 2012, 18:29 UTC+3

The Russian Investigation Committee has begun an investigation into facts stated in the documentary

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MOSCOW, October 8 (Itar-Tass) —— State Duma Deputy Speaker Sergei Zheleznyak of United Russia asked law enforcement agencies to look into facts mentioned in the controversial “Anatomy of Protest-2” documentary shown on one of the federal television channels last week.

He sent inquiries to Investigation Committee Chairman Alexander Bastrykin, Prosecutor General Yuri Chaika, Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev and Federal Security Service Director Alexander Bortnikov.

“The facts stated there testify to the intention of a group of persons, including foreign citizens, to commit criminal offences by previous concert, such as creation of organised criminal groups, organisation of mass riots, preparation of terrorist acts, which generally jeopardises public security and public order and endangering the lives of peaceful citizens of the Russian Federation,” Zheleznyak said in his inquiry, the text of which has been obtained by Itar-Tass.

He noted that “the people mentioned in the materials include persons who have visual similarity to radical opposition leaders”.

“The film states things that must be investigated most thoroughly because they mean serious crimes such as preparation of terrorist acts using organised criminal groups and foreign secret services,” Zheleznyak said earlier.

“First of all, law enforcement agencies must make sure that the persons mentioned in the film, including in connection with the preparation of terrorist acts, do not leave the country,” he added.

Zheleznyak is convinced that the radical opposition is looking for any way to blow up society. “They are ready not only to take money from foreign secret services and fugitive oligarchs who have been caught in the act of stealing, but also spill people’s blood,” he said, adding that this is what the organisers of protests were sought to achieve, judging from the facts mentioned in the film.

According to Zheleznyak, “these are not opposition, these are criminal activities”.

The second part of the controversial film “Anatomy of Protest” appeared on NTV on Friday, October 5. Its authors exposed mechanisms used for providing funding to the so-called non-system opposition in Russia. They claimed that some funding could be provided by former Bank of Moscow CEO Andrei Borodin through Givi Targamadze, former head of the Defence and Security Committee in the Georgian parliament. According to the authors of the film, Sergei Udaltsov, Left Front coordinators, was one of the actors in spurring the protest movement in the country.

The Russian Investigation Committee has begun an investigation into facts stated in the documentary.

“The Main Investigation Department of the Investigation Committee of Russia has arranged for an investigation of the facts concerning organisation of mass riots in Russia that were stated in the ‘Anatomy of Protest-2’ documentary shown on NTV on October 5, 2012,” Investigation Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin said.

“Based on the results of the inquiry, the investigator will make a procedural decision,” he said.

“The Main Investigation Department of the Investigation Committee is continuing to investigate the criminal case on the organisation of and participation in mass riots the use of violence against representatives of the authorities in Bolotnaya Square in Moscow on May 6, which involves 17 suspects,” Markin said.

“With regard to two suspects the criminal cases were investigated separately and the investigation has already been completed,” he added.


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