MOSCOW, November 14 (Itar-Tass) — The Investigation Committee /SK/ on Wednesday questioned Vladimir Tyurin, whose name is mentioned in the film "Anatomy of Protest - 2, as a witness in the case over the plans to stage riots, an SK official told Itar-Tass.
Sergei Udaltsov, Leonid Razvozzhayev and Konstantin Lebedev are suspects in the case. Criminal proceedings were instituted over the facts shown in the Anatomy of Protest-2 film, which featured a scene where they were discussing the possibility to stage riots in Moscow and Russian regions.
"He was questioned on the strength of the video available to the investigators. It showed Razvozzhayev who referred to his acquaintance with Tyurin, mentioning the possibility to capture a railway line in the Irkutsk region, and seize power in the region with the help of criminal groups," the SK official said.
"In the course of the questioning, Tyurin told the investigators that he was not personally acquainted with Razvozzhayev, Udaltsov, Lebedev and /former head of the committee for defense and security under the Georgian parliament Givi/ Targamadze, that he had never met or talked with them. Tyurin also stated that he regarded the mentioning of his name in the film as slander," the SK press service said.
The meeting, captured by a spycam, took place in Minsk, and involved chairman of the Georgian parliament's committee for defense and security Givi Targamadze, Georgia's consul in Moldova Mikhail Iashvili, their three aides, as well as Udaltsov, Lebedev and Razvozzhayev.
Udaltsov is on recognizance, and Lebedev and Razvozzhayev have been placed under arrest.
Razvozzhayev, who is an aide to lawmaker Ilya Ponomaryov, was put on the federal wanted list. On October 21, he turned himself in to the authorities. He later claimed that he had been kidnapped in Kiev and subjected to torturers for two days.
Subsequent reports said Razvozzhayev had withdrawn his testimony and admission of guilt. The Investigative Committee underlined that it had sufficient evidence against Razvozzhayev without his testimony.
Udaltsov and Ponomaryov repeatedly denied the riot plans. None of the defendants pleaded guilty. The suspects, if found guilty may face up to five years in jail.
On Wednesday, Udaltsov reiterated that he had not met with Targamadaze, that he had not prepared riots and that he was innocent.