Student cleared of Moscow riots charges gets 3-year suspended term for extremism
MOSCOW, December 6 (RAPSI) – Student Yegor Zhukov, who had been previously cleared of Moscow summer riots charges, on Friday received a 3-year suspended sentence for calls for extremism, RAPSI reports from Moscow’s Kuntsevsky District Court.
The court also barred him from engaging in website administration activities for 2 years.
According to the accusations, Zhukov had hatred and enmity for the existing political regime and posted on his YouTube channel videos containing calls for violent upheaval and extremist activities.
The defendant pleaded not guilty and insisted that he had not an aim to incite hatred. Zhukov said that he regarded the videos’ heroes as political rivals.
In early September, investigators dropped mass riots participation charges against Zhukov. However, he became a defendant in the extremism case. After his arrest he was detained but later placed under house arrest.