Bolotnaya case defendant Panfilov to undergo compulsory treatment
MOSCOW, March 29 (RAPSI) – Moscow’s Zamoskvoretsky District Court has ruled to send the Bolotnaya Square riot case defendant Maxim Panfilov to compulsory treatment, RAPSI learnt in the court on Wednesday.
Earlier, a prosecutor demanded compulsory treatment in a specialized hospital for the defendant. Defense insisted on ambulatory treatment of Panfilov at the place of residence.
On April 8, 2016, the Basmanny District Court in Moscow ordered the detention of Panfilov. The day before, he was charged with participation in mass riots and use of violence against a law enforcement officer. According to investigators, the accused snatched a helmet off a riot policeman’s head on May 6, 2012.
Investigators claim that Panfilov suffers from chronic personality disorder.
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, Sergey 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 was sent for compulsory mental treatment.
The convicts’ supporters believe that the riots were provoked by police.