Moscow 2012 rioter's application reaches ECHR
MOSCOW, October 28 (RAPSI) - The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has accepted for hearing an appeal filed by Denis Lutskevich, one of the suspects implicated in a Russian criminal case centering on the 2012 Moscow riots, defense attorney Dmitry Agranovsky told RAPSI Monday.
Lutskevich has claimed that his right to freedom and personal immunity was violated.
The issue of giving top priority to the complaint will be considered later, Agranovsky said.
Earlier, seven defendants in the case challenged the conditions of their detention and the refusal of the courts to release them from custody. The ECHR accepted and merged these complaints, assigning them priority status. Four other defendants including Lutskevich also filed applications later.
The mass protests took place at a Moscow protest rally on the eve of Vladimir Putin's inauguration for a third presidential term in May 2012. The rally ended in clashes between protesters and the police.
Over 400 people were arrested and scores were injured when protesters briefly broke through police lines.
The criminal case was initiated after the "Anatomy of Protest 2" documentary film was shown on the NTV broadcasting network. The film claimed that the opposition was organizing a coup using funds from abroad and showed Left Front movement coordinator Udaltsov and his companions allegedly talking with Georgian politician Givi Targamadze, who at the time headed Georgia's Parliamentary Defense and Security Committee, and is said to have been involved in planning the "color" revolutions in Georgia and Ukraine, as well as the mass riots in Belarus.