Moscow court upholds sentence against Bolotnaya activist Nepomnyashchikh
MOSCOW, April 26 (RAPSI) – The Moscow City Court on Tuesday upheld a 2.5-year prison sentence handed down to activist Ivan Nepomnyashchikh in the high-profile Bolotnaya Square riot case, RAPSI reported from the courtroom.
In December, the Zamoskvoretsky District Court of Moscow found Nepomnyashchikh guilty of participation in the riots and application of force against police officers in May 2012.
Nepomnyashchikh has pleaded not guilty.
According to lawyer Olga Dinze, the riots were provoked by police officers.
The march on Yakimanka Street and the rally on Bolotnaya Square in May 2012, both authorized by the officials, resulted in mass riots and clashes with the police. Dozens of people were injured, over 400 protesters were detained.
The riot organizers, Sergei Udaltsov and Leonid Razvozzhayev, were sentenced to 4.5 years in prison. Other participants received prison terms from suspended sentences to four years. Several defendants were pardoned; one is undergoing compulsory mental treatment.