Targamadze denies meeting Russian opposition members

Georgian politician Givi Targamadze, who was accused by the Russian authorities of preparing to stage mass riots in Moscow, has said that he never met with Russian opposition activists to discuss the alleged plot.

"Such a meeting was not held in Minsk. The discussions that were shown never took place. That video was a fake," Targamadze, former chairman of the Georgian Parliamentary Defense and Security Committee, told the Dozhd television station on Thursday.

The Georgian politician said he was not acquainted with any Russian opposition activists, including suspects in the riots plot case, such as Left Front coordinator Sergei Udaltsov.

"I never tackled these issues in Russia and never communicated with Russian opposition members. I am not acquainted with Udaltsov. But I hope that he will not be arrested, and we will have a chance to get acquainted," he said.

Targamadze, however, did not deny his involvement in so-called "color revolutions" in CIS countries.

Targamadze said that he had collected information discrediting high-ranking officers of Russian investigative services and representatives of the authorities.

"I visited both Ukraine and Kyrgyzstan during the revolutions there. I also visited Belarus at different periods. They might have decided that I wanted to do the same in Russia. Maybe I would have done it," he said.

"It is certainly nothing other than a circus. All these discussions about declaring me internationally wanted and arresting me in absentia. But no actual steps have been taken," he said.

Targamadze denied any involvement in clashes between demonstrators and police during an opposition rally on Bolotnaya Square in central Moscow on May 6, 2012.

The Georgian politician also said he would ask Interpol not to react to Russia's decision to put him on the international wanted list.

Targamadze said he was not currently in Georgia, but he did not fear detention.

NTV showed a documentary titled Anatomy of Protest-2 on October 5. The film authors claimed that Targamadze acted as a mediator in this plan and financed Left Front leader Sergei Udaltsov and nationalistic groups in putting it into practice.

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