MOSCOW, October 11 - RAPSI. Opposition activist Sergei Udaltsov admitted during an Investigative Committee interrogation that he has had contact with Georgian citizens. The admission was in response to his being identified in the "Anatomy of Protest-2" film, committee spokesman Vladimir Markin told journalists after the interview.
"He explained that he was trying to find a source of legal financing for his movement," Markin clarified.
The film was broadcast last Thursday on NTV, which is owned by state-run Gazprom, and provoked a strong public reaction. The film makers allege that the opposition is plotting a coup using funds and militants from abroad. The film shows a conversation between Udaltsov, and his supporters with Georgian parliamentary Defense and Security Committee head Givi Targamadze, who allegedly has experience in organizing the "color revolutions" in Georgia and Ukraine, as well as the riots in Belarus.
The first part of the film was aired in March. The filmmakers claimed that some people are paid to attend opposition rallies. The film showed the "White Ring" opposition event on February 26, when thousands of people wearing white ribbons, white balloons, or other white items, joined hands all around Moscow's Garden Ring, a large boulevard that circles the city center.
According to Markin, Udaltsov denied any discussion of illegal activity in Moscow or anywhere else in Russia with foreign nationals.
"As for the recorded statements on planning questionable activity by those who took part in the conversation, Udaltsov explained that he did hear them talk about it at the meeting.
Udaltsov told journalists that he had denied any connections to Western secret services during his interview.
He added that no criminal case has been initiated so far and that he has not been summoned. Udaltsov said that he is willing to come in for an interrogation if necessary.
Investigators said the video and audio in the film will be reviewed further and that other opposition figures will likely be questioned.