Moscow court dismisses moral damages lawsuit against Navalny
MOSCOW, November 14 (RAPSI) – The Lyublinksy District Court of Moscow has dismissed a lawsuit filed by the SERB political group leader Igor Beketov demanding compensation for moral damages from Russian opposition politician Alexey Navalny, RAPSI correspondent reports from the courtroom on Tuesday.
Beketov said that he suffered morally because of the unauthorized rally held on June 12 and sought one million rubles (nearly $17,000) in compensation.
The plaintiff believes that the Russian opposition politician hurt his feelings by causing clashes on June 12, Day of Russia. He expressed desire to appeal the court’s ruling.
On June 13, Moscow’s Simonovsky District Court detained 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.
Nearly 500 people were arrested during the rally as well.
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.