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Investigators probe into terror activity in criminal case over film

October 17, 2012, 11:15 UTC+3

The houses of the persons involved are being searched

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MOSCOW, October 17 (Itar-Tass) — Investigators will check information about possible preparations for committing acts of terrorism within the framework of a criminal case opened in connection with facts stated in the documentary film “Anatomy of a Protest 2”, Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin said on Wednesday.

“Within the framework of a criminal case, investigators will also check information about preparations by participants in the meeting (documented in the film) of terrorist acts in the Russian Federation. In case this information is confirmed, it will get corresponding legal treatment and actions of Sergei Udaltsov and his interlocutors, including Georgian nationals, will be classified legally,” Markin said.

The chief investigatory directorate of the Russian Investigative Committee has launched a criminal case against Left Front coordinator Sergei Udaltsov, his aides Leonid Razvozzhayev, Konstantin Lebedev and other persons after checking facts stated in the documentary film “Anatomy of a Protest 2”, Markin reported.

According to him, the criminal case was launched under part 1 of Article 30 and part 1 of Article 212 of the Russian Criminal Code – “preparations for organizing mass riots” in Moscow and in other Russian regions.

He said a phonoscopic expertise of video materials received from NTV television had been made and no signs of editing had been revealed.

“It was established that the voice, including in items filmed by a hidden CCTV camera, belongs to Udaltsov, while the meeting segments of which are shown in the film, took place in the second half of June 2012 in living quarters in Minsk, the capital of the Republic of Belarus,” he said.

“Taking part in the meeting from the Georgian side were the chairman of the Georgian parliamentary committee for defense and security, Givi Targamadze, Georgian Consul in Moldova Mikhail Iashvili as well as three of their aides. The Russian participants in the meeting were Left Front leader Sergei Udaltsov, his aide Konstantin Lebedev and Leonid Razvozzhayev, the aide to State Duma deputy Ilya Ponomaryov,” Markin added.

The houses of the persons involved are being searched, Markin said.

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 defense and security committee in the Georgian parliament. According to the authors of the film, Sergei Udaltsov was one of the actors in spurring the protest movement in the country.

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