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The criminal case was opened against oppositionist Sergei Udaltsov

October 17, 2012, 14:34 UTC+3

The criminal case was opened under Articles 30 and 212 of the Criminal Code for masterminding of massive disorders

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The main investigation department of the Russian Investigation Committee opened a criminal case against leader of the Left Front and one of the leaders of the protest movement Sergei Udaltsov and other people upon the results of an investigation into the facts, which were showed in the documentary Anatomy of Protest-2. The criminal case was opened under Articles 30 and 212 of the Criminal Code for masterminding of massive disorders. The authors of the documentary that was showed on the NTV television channel on October 4 claimed that the opposition is masterminding a forcible seizure of power for money from abroad. Udaltsov denied this accusation.

The film Anatomy of Protest-2, which was broadcast on October 5, evoked a major public response, the Moskovsky Komsomolets daily recalled. The authors of the film claimed that Sergei Udaltsov along with the nationalists is a perpetrator of the plan to intensify the protest movement in Russia.

Sergei Udaltsov, Leonid Razvozzhayev and Konstantin Lebedev as the participants of a meeting with Georgian politicians were found suspects in the masterminding of disorders. The searches are being made at their residence places, the Vedomosti daily reported.

Along with Udaltsov the Investigation Committee found oppositionist Konstantin Lebedev and Leonid Razvozzhayev, aide of the State Duma deputy Ilya Ponomarev, as the defendants in the criminal case. According to the version of the Investigation Committee and NTV, three foresaid people were participating in a meeting with Georgian politicians that was shot by the hidden video camera and was showed in Anatomy of Protest-2. The Investigation Committee reported that chairman of the Georgian parliamentary committee for defence and security Givi Targamadze, Georgian Consul in Moldova Mikhail Iashvili and their three aides were participating in the meeting from Georgia. The participants in the meeting discussed the preparations for illegal actions in Moscow and other Russian regions.

The detectives have conducted a phonoscopic expertise of this video record, and upon the results of the expertise it was planned to give a procedural assessment to the actions of Russian participants in the meeting, the newspaper noted. The experts did not find the signs of editing in the NTV video materials. "It was found that the voice, including that in the episodes, which were filmed by the hidden video camera in the film Anatomy of Protest-2, belongs to Udaltsov, and the meetings, some parts of which were showed in the film, took place in the second half of June 2012 in a residential house in the Belarusian capital Minsk," the Investigation Committee said in a statement at its website. It was earlier reported that during the meeting Targamadze allegedly said to the Russians, that former president of the Bank of Moscow Andrei Borodin intends to allocate 50 million dollars for the support to the opposition in Russia.

The detectives intend to check the information that the participants in the meeting could have masterminded several terrorist acts in Russia.

The Rossiiskaya Gazeta daily recalled that on October 11 at the interrogation Udaltsov confirmed the fact of contacts in the summer of 2012 with the foresaid Georgian citizens, one of whom he called as Georgy Vasilyevich. According to him, he was searching for the legal funding of the Left Front movement. At the interrogation Udaltsov denied his discussion with them over the issues, which are linked with the masterminding of illegal actions in Moscow and other Russian regions. As for concrete statements about the masterminding of such actions fixed in the video record, Udaltsov explained that he did not hear them at the moment of the meeting. 







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