Duma deputy Ponomaryov: Videos used in Anatomy of Protest-2 film could have Georgian origin
Ilya Ponomaryov, a member of the Russian State Duma of the party A Just Russia, has suggested that the videos used in the film "Anatomy of Protest-2", based on which investigators have opened criminal cases against several opposition activists, could have been provided by some people from Georgia, whom he did not name.
"I would not venture to say who exactly that was. Why accuse a person if I do not know this for sure? But I guess it is most likely that the leak was from there - from Georgia," Ponomaryov told journalists in reply to a question from Interfax on Saturday.
Ponomaryov said he had so far been unable to meet with his aide Leonid Razvozzhayev, who has been arrested on suspicion of preparing mass disturbances based on the film.
He said he would continue to insist on a meeting with Razvozzhayev on Monday.
"The detention facility administration does not object to this, but I need to obtain clearance from the investigator," he said.
Ponomaryov said the team of lawyers who will defend Razvozzhayev is very strong, and Razvozzhayev trusts them.
The film "Anatomy of Protest-2" was shown on NTV on October 5. Its authors claimed that former Bank of Moscow President Andrei Borodin was ready to allot a large sum of money to finance an opposition movement in Russia.
The film authors claimed also that former head of the Georgian parliamentary defense and security committee Givi Targamadze was acting as a mediator in financing the opposition, and Left Front coordinator Sergei Udaltsov and members of nationalist movements were pictured as ones who would likely ignite protest activities across Russia.
The film includes hidden video camera records showing a meeting between Udaltsov and Targamadze, which, as the authors presumed, could have taken place in mid-summer earlier this year.
The Investigative Committee opened a criminal investigation against Udaltsov, his aide Konstantin Lebedev and Razvozzhayev, who are suspected of preparing mass disturbances, a crime covered by Criminal Code Articles 30 and 212.
Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin told Interfax on Oct. 19 that Razvozzhayev had been put on the federal wanted list under this case. It was reported later that unidentified men abducted Razvozzhayev in Kyiv.
The Investigative Committee announced on Monday that Razvozzhayev turned himself in and confessed in writing to the wrongdoings he had been charged with.
"Razvozzhayev addressed the Russian Investigative Committee main investigations department himself on Oct. 21 to say he was willing to file a voluntary confession," Markin said.