2012 Bolotnaya protesters found guilty
Eight Russian opposition activists were found guilty of mass rioting and using violence against authorities over a 2012 anti-Kremlin rally Friday, as more than 100 people who had gathered outside the courtroom to show their support for the defendants were detained by police.
Opposition and police clashed on Moscow’s Bolotnaya Square on May 6, 2012.
Police accused leftist leaders of instigating the 2012 clashes, while the opposition says police mishandled and provoked the crowd, possibly deliberately.
Initially, twelve suspects were on the indictment, but four were pardoned pursuant to a broad amnesty spearheaded by Russian President Vladimir Putin in commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the Russian constitution.