Court upholds 4.5-year sentence for opposition activist Luzyanin

The Moscow City Court has upheld the 4.5-year sentence for opposition activist Maxim Luzyanin in the case of the Bolotnaya Square disturbances on May 6, 2012.

The cassation panel rejected the Luzyanin defense appeal for a more lenient sentence, an Interfax correspondent reports.

The decision entered into force upon the Moscow City Court hearing.

The Luzyanin defense asked the court to reduce the term and pass a suspended sentence through the alleviation of charges.

The defense said he made a full confession and paid 25,000 rubles to the Interior Ministry in compensation under the civil lawsuit filed by the injured officer.

An Interior Ministry representative told the court that Luzyanin volunteered to compensate for the damage and did not suggest a decision on the cassation appeal.

Meanwhile, the prosecutors said that the sentence was fair and proportionate and asked the court to uphold it.

The defense insisted that the punishment was too strict. Luzyanin pleaded guilty to participating in the disturbances and assaulting policemen on Bolotnaya Square on May 6 and was entitled to a special hearing procedure - without a review of materials or questioning of witnesses. He could appeal nothing but the length of his prison term.

The March of Millions permitted by the city authorities developed into clashes with the police. A criminal case was opened on May 6 on the charges of appeals for disturbances and violence against persons in authority. The charges were brought against about 20 people. The Maxim Luzyanin case was separated from the others.

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