Bolotnaya Square case defendant jailed for three years and two months

The Zamoskvoretsky Court of Moscow has sentenced Dmitry Ishevsky to three years and two months in prison for participating in mass riots on Bolotnaya Square in the center of Moscow on May 6, 2012, an Interfax correspondent reported.

The Zamoskvoretsky Court of Moscow has sentenced Dmitry Ishevsky to three years and two months in prison for participating in mass riots on Bolotnaya Square in the center of Moscow on May 6, 2012, an Interfax correspondent reported.

Ishevsky's case was handled separately because the defendant pleaded guilty to all charges and reached a plea bargain with the investigation.

Ishevsky had been charged with taking part in mass disturbances and using violence against representatives of the authorities.

The court ruling concluded that Ishevsky's actions "did not pose any threat to the life and health of representatives of the authorities".

The May 6, 2012 opposition rally, which had been approved by the Moscow authorities, escalated into clashes between demonstrators and police. Over 400 people were arrested as a result.

On the same day, police opened a criminal case over "inciting mass disturbances" and "use of violence with respect to a representative of the authorities." In January 2013, the case was merged with another into the plotting of mass riots across Russia.

There were 29 defendants in the case. Convictions in 2012-2013 included Maxim Luzyanin (four and a half years of imprisonment), Konstantin Lebedev (two and half years at a medium-security prison) and Mikhail Kosenko (found guilty and sent for compulsory treatment).

On February 24, 2014, a court convicted Alexander Naumov (Dukhanin) (three years and three months with a three-year probation period), Y. Belousov and Artyom Savelov (two years six months and two years seven months, respectively), Andrei Barabanov (three years seven months), Stepan Zimin, Denis Lutskevich and Alexei Polikhovich (three years six months) and Sergei Krivov (four years).

The case against Leonid Razvozzhayev and Sergei Udaltsov was heard separately by a panel of three judges from the Moscow City Court. On July 24 the court found them guilty of organizing mass disturbances and sentenced each to four and a half years in a medium-security prison.

Razvozzhayev was also found guilty of crossing the state border illegally and the court ruled to fine him 150,000 rubles ($3,700).

On August 18, 2014 Alexei Gaskarov and Alexander Margolin were sentenced to three years and a half in prison, Ilya Gushchin - to two years and a half, while Yelena Kokhtareva was given a suspended sentence of three years and three months with a three-year probation period.

Yaroslav Belousov finished out his prison sentence on September 8, 2014.

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