Authorities arrived early today at the makeshift campsite near the “Clean Ponds” area after state run television began running an interview of a woman claiming to be a fed-up resident of the Chistiye Prudy neighborhood. Nina Toporova told Channel One claimed about the protesters saying, “I do not understand why the government, our government, will not use force against them. In the end, we are protecting human rights? But excuse me, who will protect my rights? … They sleep on the grass day and night, they defecate where they want and how they want.”
It didn’t take long for opposition leaders to expose her as a fraud. The woman, Nina Toporova, doesn’t live in the area after all, and she is an activist with President Putin’s United Russia party. Not only does she live a good distance away, but she chairs the veterans organization of a different city district. Now some protesters, including socialite Kseniya Sobchak, says they may sue Toporova for defamation of character. Defamation penalties carry a sentence of up to 6 months in jail.
Today authorities from the city of Moscow came to inspect the park and could find nothing wrong so the camp will continue to exist at least for the moment.