Investigators Say Georgian Targamadze behind Moscow Protests

MOSCOW, December 13 (RIA Novosti) – The Russian Investigative Committee has evidence that Georgian politician Givi Targamadze held control of Russian opposition leaders during mass protests in Moscow earlier in the year, Vladimir Markin, a spokesman for the committee, said.

“Investigative materials have evidence that confirm financing of the Russian opposition by Givi Targamadze as well as his definite role in the organization of mass disorders on the Bolotnaya Square, as well as direct management of actions of opposition leaders during the March of Millions in Moscow,” Markin said.

He added that Russia will send a relevant inquiry to Georgia asking the country to render cooperation in the investigation on the organization of mass disorders.

In October, Leonid Razvozzhayev, an ally of Russian Left Front leader Sergei Udaltsov, confessed to organizing mass disorder together with other opposition members, and said the effort was bankrolled by Targamadze.

The charges against Razvozzhayev, an aide to opposition lawmaker Ilya Ponomaryov, stem from grainy footage aired by the pro-Kremlin television channel NTV in early October.

The channel said the footage also showed Udaltsov, one of the leaders of the anti-Putin protest movement, Razvozzhayev, and another activist from the socialist group, Konstantin Lebedev, discussing the plot with an influential Georgian politician.


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