Lev Ponomarev on an attempt by Channel 1 to discredit human rights groups

posted 8 Feb 2012, 06:09 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 8 Feb 2012, 06:32 ]
I think the provocation during the recording of Alexander Gordon's show [...] was  yet another clumsy attempt to provide at least some justification for the accusation that an 'Orange Revolution' was being planned and commissioned by the West [...]. 
It is, after all, well known that the funding of all the events organized by the movement 'For Fair Elections' has been completely transparent and has come from voluntary contributions by Russia's citizens. As a matter of fact, this is precisely what makes the authorities and opponents of the protest movement so irritated. 

- from a statement, 'Citizen Provocateur', by Lev Ponomarev published on the website of For Human Rights  

"Citizen Provocateur"

I was invited to participate in the recording of the 'Citizen Gordon' TV show on Channel 1. It was scheduled for 4 February, immediately following the Bolotnaya Square rally. I assumed that the discussion would focus on the rally, its aims and results etc. I haven't been involved in the organization of the rallies 'For fair elections' but have actively participated in them. That is why I agreed to take part in the programme, assuming it was a sign of a general 'thaw' on state-run TV channels. I won't dwell on the show's contents as anyone interested can watch it or has already watched it. The guests included some representatives of the 'anti-orange' rally on Poklonnaya Hill. One of them was a speaker from Poklonnaya Hill, whose name was given as Eduard Bagirov, a writer. Bagirov accused the organizers of the Bolotnaya Square rally of planning an 'orange revolution' and claimed that its active participants included people such as Lev Ponomarev, who receives funding from the West, defends Chechen terrorists etc. [Read more]