Opposition activist Udaltsov was paid to organize Moscow riots – witness
MOSCOW, March 12 (RAPSI) - Left Front leader Sergei Udaltsov received $30,000 per month from Georgian politician Givi Targamadze for organizing mass riots in Russia, convicted activist Konstantin Lebedev told the Moscow City Court on Wednesday.
Udaltsov is accused of having organized the riots that flooded Moscow’s Bolotnaya Square in May 2012 and having used violence against police during the chaos alongside activist Leonid Razvozzhayev.
In October 2012, he was ordered not to leave Moscow. In February 2013, he was placed under house arrest based on allegations that he violated the former ruling. He has remained under house arrest ever since, while Razvozzhayev remains in detention.
On January 16, Udaltsov received from the investigators a revised 768-page indictment.
Lebedev was previously sentenced to 2.5 years in prison on similar charges, for having allegedly helped orchestrate the Bolotnaya Square riots. He pleaded guilty and agreed to cooperate with investigators.
Over 400 people were arrested and scores were injured during the largescale demonstrations. Dozens of participants were later charged with inciting mass riots and using violence against law enforcement officers.
The case against Udaltsov and Razvozzhayev was initiated after the "Anatomy of Protest" film was shown on the NTV broadcasting network. The film claimed that the opposition was organizing a coup using funds from abroad and featured purported audio evidence of Udaltsov and his companions allegedly talking with Givi Targamadze, who at the time headed Georgia's Parliamentary Defense and Security Committee, and is said to have been involved in planning the "color" revolutions in Georgia and Ukraine, as well as mass riots in Belarus.