The results of statistical simulation of the spatiotemporal structure of the multiply scattered component of lidar returns by the Monte Carlo method are discussed for the case of monostatic sensing geometry. The spatial characteristics of the region of the medium where occurs the last scattering of photon before arriving at the reciever. This region of the medium is called the instantaneous brightness body of multiply scattered radiation. It is demonstrated that the instantaneous brightness body of multiply scattered radiation that propagates toward the receiver may occupy a large volume that does not necessarily coincide with the region of formation of the singly scattered component. The main factors influencing the spatial and brightness characteristics of this volume source are established. The effect of scattering order on the spatiotemporal structure of lidar returns is analyzed for the case of sensing of aerosol haze and advective and radiative fogs with optical thickness 2<τ<8.