Russia will ask the Strasbourg court to decline the claim contesting the sentence handed out to opposition activist Sergei Udaltsov, who was sentenced to 4.5 years in a penal colony for organizing mass riots on Moscow's Bolotnaya Square on May 6, 2012.
"The Russian government has responded to the ECHR questions on the Sergei Udaltsov case. It is asking for the claim contesting the sentence handed out by the Moscow City Court and illegitimate arrest to be fully declined," Dmitry Agranovsky, a lawyer for Udaltsov, told Interfax.
He said the Russian authorities have refused the offer to use an amicable settlement procedure.
"We should send our comments on the government memorandum by June 23, which will be done," Agranovsky said.
According to earlier reports, the ECHR is also reviewing a claim contesting the sentence handed out to Leonid Razvozzhayev, another man implicated in the case.
On July 24, 2014, the Moscow City Court sentenced Udaltsov and Razvozzhayev to 4.5 years in a penal colony for organizing mass riots, and preparations to organize further riots on the territory of Russia.
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