Moscow court sentences participant of June 12 rally to 2.5 years in prison
MOSCOW, September 6 (RAPSI, Yevgeniya Sokolova) – The Tverskoy District Court of Moscow has sentenced a participant of June 12 rally in Moscow, Rasim Iskakov, to 2.5 years in a penal colony for violence against a law enforcement officer, RAPSI correspondent reports from the courtroom on Wednesday.
Earlier, prosecutor asked the court to sentence the defendant to three years in prison while Iskakov’s lawyer asked the court not to choose punishment involving incarceration. The defendant admitted his guilt in full.
According to investigators, during unauthorized rally on Tverskaya Street in the central Moscow Iskakov used initiated physical violence against a special unit officer and a police officer by kicking them. Both officers were found victims in the case. On June 29, Iskakov was put in detention.
On June 16, the Basmanny District Court ruled to put another participant charged with violence against representatives of law enforcement, Mikhail Galyashkin, under house arrest. Investigators believe that on June 12 he sprayed tear gas in the eyes of a special unit officer of the National Guard’s Main Directorate. The officer received an eye burn as a result of the incident.
On June 13, Moscow’s Simonovsky District Court detained Russian opposition politician Alexey Navalny for 30 days in relation to the unauthorized rally. Navalny was found guilty of violating rally organization rules specified in the Russian Code of Administrative Offences.
Initially, Navalny has agreed with the city's authorities a rally at Academician Sakharov Avenue in Moscow on June 12. However, shortly before the beginning of the rally he called his supporters to change the rally location to Tverskaya Street in the central Moscow. On June 12, he was arrested by the police and later sentenced to a 30-days term in custody.