2017-09-22 10:00:00

Suspect confesses to having torched cars outside office of "Matilda" director's lawyer

Moscow, September 22, Interfax - One of the men held in connection with setting cars on fire outside the office of the lawyer of the film director Alexey Uchitel has made a full confession, an Interfax correspondent said.

"I did commit the crime," Alexander Bayanov told the Khamovniki court of Moscow which is deciding on his restraining measure.

According to the court files read out by the investigator, Bayanov is being charged with causing intentional property damage or destruction.

His lawyer also said that her client had "admitted the guilt in full."

Konstantin Dobrynin wrote on his Facebook page on September 11 that unidentified arsonists had set a car on fire outside the office of Pen&Paper, a legal firm, on Starokonyushenny Lane in Moscow. Visible in the photos attached to the post are pieces of paper saying: "Burn for Matilda."

Police opened a criminal investigation into the intentional damage property after two cars, one Honda and one Mercedes, were burned outside the office.

Dobrynin later formally asked Federal Security Service (FSB) Director Alexander Bortnikov to investigate Christian State for terrorism. Dobrynin asked Bortnikov in his letter to take note of Kalinin's interview, published in the online publication Meduza, which, in Dobrynin's view, contains remarks justifying violence and destruction of property with the aim of having Matilda banned.

Matilda's official release is scheduled for October 26. The film deals with the relationship between future Russian Emperor Nicholas II and ballerina Matilda (Matylda) Krzesinska. The film gained publicity long before its release. State Duma deputy Natalya Poklonskaya has particularly strongly opposed its showing and distribution.