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Oppositionist Konstantin Lebedev says video from “Anatomy of Protest 2″ is genuine

Vedomosti

Konstantin Lebedev, an activist of the Left Front, has confirmed that the video of the meeting of Russian oppositionists with the Georgian politician Givi Targamadze that formed part of Anatomy of Protest 2, an NTV documentary, is genuine. Lebedev’s lawyer Valery Lavrov has said that his client has recognised that the people in the video “indeed were at that time in that place” and “the conversation in the video did take place.”

On 5 April, it became known that Konstantin Lebedev had admitted his guilt in the organisation of disturbances in Bolotnaya Square on 6 May 2012. His criminal case has gone to court and will be heard in a special, simplified procedure, without a court investigation; in this case, the punishment may not exceed two-thirds of the maximum stipulated by law.

The indictment says that Lebedev organised the disturbances in Bolotnaya together with Left Front coordinator Sergei Udaltsov, oppositionist Leonid Razvozzhayev and Georgian politician Givi Targamadze. Investigation with respect to the rest of the suspects is continuing, the General Prosecutor’s Office press service has said.

On 18 October 2012, Konstantin Lebedev became the first person accused of preparation for organising mass disturbances. The Russian Investigation Committee announced the opening of the case on 17 October. The pre-investigation inquest had been triggered by the NTV documentary, Anatomy of Protest 2. At that time, Lebedev did not acknowledge his guilt and refused to testify.

In the theory of the Russian Investigation Committee and the NTV channel, Left Front coordinator Sergei Udaltsov, deputy Ilya Ponomaryov’s assistant Leonid Razvozzhayev and Lebedev took part in the meeting with Georgian representatives filmed by a candid camera and shown in Anatomy of Protest 2. According to the Investigation Committee, the Georgian side was represented by the Georgian parliament’s committee for defence and security chairman Givi Targamadze and Georgia’s consul in Moldova Mikheil Iashvili as well as their three assistants. The conversation during the meeting focused on preparation of unlawful actions in Moscow and other Russian regions. An expert assessment ordered by the investigators and done in as few as nine days discovered no signs of editing in the NTV video.