MOSCOW, December 2 (RAPSI) – The Moscow City Court on Monday dismissed an appeal against a lower court’s order to arrest a wanted July 27 rally participant Aidar Gubaidullin, charged with violence against a police officer, in absentia, RAPSI reported from the courtroom.
In late October, Moscow’s Basmanny District Court granted an investigator’s motion and issued an arrest warrant for Gubaidullin in absentia. The defendant is to be detained for 2 months when arrested.
In September, the Meshchansky District Court of Moscow returned a case against to prosecutors. Later, the defendant, who was released on travel restrictions, fled from investigators and allegedly left Russia.
Initially, the man was charged with participation in mass riots, but later charges were changed to attempted violence against a representative of authority.
According to investigators, Gubaidullin threw a plastic bottle at a police officer during the unauthorized rally held in Moscow on July 27. The activist denied that he caused any harm to the policeman and therefore pleaded not guilty to the charges brought against him.
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 activists have already been sentenced to prison.