Investigative Committee completes probe against Bolotnaya Square case suspect

The collection of evidence incriminating Ivan Nepomnyashchikh in involvement in disturbances on Bolotnaya Square in Moscow on May 6, 2012 has been completed, and the case has been passed to his defense lawyers for examination, the Russian Investigative Committee reported.

"The Russian Investigative Committee's main investigations department has completed the collection of evidence related to Ivan Nepomnyashchikh, an active participant in mass disturbances on Bolotnaya Square in Moscow on May 6, 2012 (Russian Criminal Code Articles 212, Part 2, and 318, Part 1)," the committee said in a statement.

The investigation has determined that Nepomnyashchikh was actively involved in mass unrest in the area of Bolotnaya Square on May 6, 2012 and obstructed detentions of aggressive people by hitting policemen responsible for protecting public order at least four times with his hands and an umbrella, the Investigative Committee said.

"The criminal case in relation to Nepomnyashchikh has been filed for a separate proceeding, and the suspect and his defense lawyers have started to study it," the committee said.

After the defense team finishes studying the case, it will be forwarded to a prosecutor for endorsing the indictment and then will be sent to courts, it said.

The Investigative Committee said it was continuing to work to identify all suspects in a criminal case dealing with the May 6, 2012 disturbances on Bolotnaya Square.

Nepomnyashchikh, 24, was born in Zagorsk (currently known as Sergiyev Posad) and works as an engineering designer at the Rodina research and production association. On February 25, 2015, a witness identified him as a person who applied violence to law enforcement officials on Bolotnaya Square.

An opposition demonstration previously authorized by the Moscow city administration on Bolotnaya Square in Moscow on May 6, 2012 grew into clashes between demonstrators and police, in which over 400 people were detained. The Investigative Committee opened a criminal case the same day on charges of "calls for mass disturbances" and "violence against a law enforcement official" (Russian Criminal Code Articles 212 and 318).

This criminal case was combined with a case dealing with preparations for the organization of mass disturbances in January 2013, in which 29 people were indicted.

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