Monday, October 8, 2012

Russian Opposition Faces Probe over Coup Concerns

Russian Federal Investigative Bureau, has launched a probe into certain claims made by the documentary film "Anatomy of a Protest II," which was recently broadcasted on the state-owned NTV television network. One of the claims is that opposition activist Sergei Udaltsov is planning a coup aided by foreign funds and foreign militants, committee spokesman Vladimir Markin, told journalists Saturday. Earlier, a decision to audit the claims made by the film was made by the Prosecutor General's Office. The opposition figures have denied that they planned to use any force in their actions, but do say that they will be increasing their efforts in organizing peaceful protests. The film's creators claim that members of the opposition were using money from abroad to finance preparations for a seizure of power. Also the film showed footage of a meeting, apparently recorded on a hidden camera, between Udaltsov and Givi Targamadze, then chairman of Georgia’s parliamentary committee for defense and security, who is described as an individual with experience organizing “color revolutions.”

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