Protester sentenced to 2 years for assault on police officer at Moscow rally
MOSCOW, September 3 (RAPSI) - Danila Beglets charged with using violence against a police officer at an unauthorized rally held on July 27 on Tuesday received a 2-year prison sentence, RAPSI reported from the Tverskoy District Court of Moscow.
Prosecutors earlier demanded 3 years and 2 months in prison for the defendant. According to the prosecution, the man used violence against a policeman namely grabbed him by the wrist in order to obstruct his legal activity.
The trial of Beglets was held under a special procedure, without examining of evidence as he pleaded guilty. He also expressed willingness to reimburse for damage in the amount of 10,000 rubles. Defense asked the court to fine the defendant.
Earlier, the court extended the detention of Beglets until February 2020.
Protest actions began in Moscow in mid-July after election commissions denied registration of certain opposition members as candidates for the Moscow City Duma elections reasoning that documents submitted by them contained numerous violations.
The first unauthorized rally took place hear the Moscow City Election Commission’s building on July 14 and looked like a provocation, according to law experts.
Unauthorized rallies in support of candidates seeking to become lawmakers of the Moscow State Duma but refused registration by the Election Commission were also held on July 27 and August 3 in central Moscow. Over 1,000 people were arrested for various violations as a result.
Following the 27 July rally, the Investigative Committee opened a criminal case over mass riots. Investigators believe that the protest action was held with the use of force against representatives of authority.
Several well-known opposition figures including Alexey Navalny, Dmitry Gudkov, Ilya Yashin were arrested and put in detention for alleged organization of an unauthorized rally.
On August 10, an authorized rally in support of unregistered election candidates took place in Moscow and gathered as many as 25,000 participants, according to the police statistics.