Investigative Committee follows May 6 riots trail to Georgia
MOSCOW, December 13 - RAPSI. The Investigative Committee will shortly be sending a request of assistance to Georgia with regards to the investigation of the case on organizing mass riots in Russia which were allegedly financed by Georgian politician Givi Targamadze, Investigative Committee's official spokesperson Vladimir Markin told RIA Novosti on Thursday.
He said that investigators have evidence which confirm that not only did Targamadze help to finance the Russian opposition but that he also was involved in organizing the mass riots on Bolotnaya Square.
"In this regard, the Investigative Committee has prepared a request for legal aid which will be sent to the Georgian authorities via the Prosecutor General's Office," Markin said.
The "Anatomy of Protest 2" documentary film shown on the NTV broadcasting network incited a major public uproar. The film claimed that the opposition was organizing a coup using funds from abroad and showed Left Front movement coordinator Udaltsov and his companions allegedly talking with 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 the mass riots in Belarus.
After the film was broadcasted, a criminal case was initiated against Left Front movement coordinator Sergei Udaltsov, his aide Konstantin Lebedev and Leonid Razvozzhayev.
Razvozzhayev issued a full confession in which he described how he, Udaltsov, Lebedev and others organized mass riots in Russia, as well as detailing his involvement in mass riots on Bolotnaya Square on May 6. In addition, Razvozzhayev stated that all this was financed by Targamadze. However, he later claimed that he had been forced to confess under pressure of torture.