Russian opposition activists’ appeal against sentence in Bolotnaya case set for March
MOSCOW, February 2 (RAPSI, Diana Gutsul) – Russia’s Supreme Court on March 4 will consider complaints against the sentence handed down to Russian opposition activists Sergei Udaltsov and Leonid Razvozzhayev for organizing the Bolotnaya Square protests in central Moscow in May 2012, attorney Dmitry Agranovsky told RAPSI on Monday.
Last July, the Moscow City Court sentenced Udaltsov and Razvozzhayev to 4.5 years each in prison for organizing riots. The defense attorneys for the activists have filed appeals seeking to reverse the guilty verdict and acquit their clients.
Over 400 people were arrested and scores injured in the Bolotnaya Square protest that turned violent in May 2012. Dozens were later charged with inciting mass riots and using violence against law enforcement officers.
Udaltsov and Razvozzhayev along with other opposition figures were involved in the case concerning the planning of mass riots, which was initiated after the "Anatomy of Protest 2" film was shown on the NTV broadcasting network. The film claimed that the opposition was organizing a coup using funds from abroad and showed 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.