MOSCOW, October 11 (Itar-Tass) —— Left Front coordinator Sergei Udaltsov is prepared to take a polygraph test to answer the investigator’s questions, his lawyer, Violetta Volkova, told Itar-Tass.
“The investigator asked Sergei if he was prepared to be tested with a lie detector. Sergei said “yes”. Although I advise all my clients, including Udaltsov to avoid polygraph screening, because the reliability of such questioning is very low,” Volkova said.
Udaltsov was questioned by an Investigative Committee investigator within the framework of a preliminary probe into claims contained in the documentary Anatomy of Protest-2.
The lawyer said Udaltsov denied he was acquainted with the chairman of the Georgian parliament’s defense and security committee Givi Targamadze. The authors of the documentary claimed that Udaltsov and Targamadze had discussed the Russian Opposition’s activities and its financing from outside the country.
“There were many questions about how Sergei had spent last summer, where he went and whom he met,” Volkova said. The investigator was also interested in controversies within the Opposition.
“One of the questions was why Ilya Yashin was angry Sergei had scheduled the next march for October 20,” Volkova said.
Udaltsov explained the date of the next protest action was settled by the organizing committee, and disagreements with Yashin were insignificant and concerned mostly the form of protest – a rally or a street procession. Earlier, the Moscow Mayor’s Office refused to let the Opposition demonstrate in Novopushkinsky square on October 20. It suggested an alternative venue on the bank of the Moskva river near the Central House of Artist. Also, the Mayor’s Office denied permission to a rally on October 21. Both demonstrations would be in support of the elections to the Coordinating Council of the Russian Opposition, due on October 20-21.