The Moscow City Court has found opposition activists Sergei Udaltsov and Leonid Razvozzhayev guilty of organizing mass unrest on Bolotnaya Square in Moscow on May 6, 2012.
A board of three judges chaired by Alexander Zamashnyuk started the sentencing at the Moscow City Court on Thursday, an Interfax correspondent reported from the courthouse.
The court will announce the punishment it believes the defendants deserve after analyzing the documents and witness testimony provided during the hearings.
It was reported earlier that the prosecution had asked the court to sentence Udaltsov and Razvozzhayev to eight years in prison each and also fine Razvozzhayev 150,000 rubles for illegally crossing the border. The defendants and their defense teams contented that the trial was unlawful and politicized and asked the court to acquit the defendants.
Udaltsov is currently under house arrest, and Razvozzhayev is being held in pretrial detention. The pretrial restrictive measures earlier imposed on the two defendants were recently extended to September 10.
Udaltsov and Razvozzhayev have been charged with the organization of mass unrest involving violence, pogroms, arson, and destruction of property and preparations for organizing such unrest. Razvozzhayev has also been charged with an illegal border crossing.
The investigation has found that Udaltsov and Razvozzhayev, along with Konstantin Lebedev and Georgian citizen Givi Targamadze, incited mass unrest on Bolotnaya Square in Moscow on May 6, 2012 and planned similar incidents in Russia after that.
Lebedev, a Left Front activist, had earlier been sentenced to 2.5 years in prison on the same charges as those brought against Udaltsov and Razvozzhayev. Lebedev fully confessed to his wrongdoing, and his case was heard in a special procedure. Moscow's Lefortovo District Court granted Lebedev a parole on April 24, 2014, and he left the penitentiary on May 6.
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