Translated by Ollie Richardson for Fort Russ
11th March, 2016
Seized documents confirm that an activist from the People’s Freedom Party (PARNAS), Natalia Pelevine, was involved in foreign foundations that organized the mass riots on the 6th of May 2012. This was reported on the website of the Investigative Committee of Russia (SKR) on Friday, March 11th.
During the investigation into Pelevine, documents were seized on the financing of an oppositional “Committee on May 6th”, the American “National Endowment for Democracy” (NED). According to the Investigation Committee, its activity was aimed at discrediting law enforcement bodies that were investigating the case about the mass disorder on Bolotnaya Square on the 6th of May 2012.
“The seized documents confirm the version of events put forward by the investigation about the involvement of foreign anti-Russian centers in the financing of mass riots to attempt a “color revolution” in Russia”, — stated the message.
The investigation claims that, in the period from 2013 to 2014, NED gave Pelevine more than $35,000. Also, a receipt for the reception of money from relatives of those convicted of involvement in the unrest in May 2012 was found during the search.
A criminal case against Natalia Pelevine was initiated on March 11th. The case was initated after it was discovered she had used a pen with a built-in camera. She is suspected of committing a crime specified in article 138.1 of the Criminal code of the Russian Federation (“Illicit trafficking by special technical means intended to obtain secret information”). According to the investigators, Pelevine used a DVR-pen to record not only members of law enforcement, but also people from the opposition in order to later use these recordings for her own purposes. The message from the Investigatory Committee states that charges against Pelevine will be made in the near future.
As was noted by the SKR, Pelevine is the Executive Secretary of the “Independent Council for Human Rights”, as well as the founder and Director of the American nonprofit organization Democratic Russia Committee (“International Committee for a Democratic Russia”).