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Russian court hands down prison sentence to 'Bolotnaya' protester

Publisher Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
Publication Date 9 November 2012
Cite as Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Russian court hands down prison sentence to 'Bolotnaya' protester, 9 November 2012, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/50b4d0b128.html [accessed 30 July 2014]
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November 09, 2012

An opposition rally on Moscow's Bolotnaya Square last May before it turned violent. An opposition rally on Moscow's Bolotnaya Square last May before it turned violent.

A Moscow court has sentenced one of the people arrested during a riot in Moscow last May to four and a half years in prison.

Maksim Luzyanin had cooperated with investigators looking into the causes and perpetrators of the unrest that broke out on May 6 when a protest against Vladimir Putin's reelection as Russia's president turned violent.

Judge Andrei Fedin said the court believed "Luzyanin's correction was not possible without isolating him from society."

Luzyanin's lawyers called the sentence "harsh" and vowed to appeal.

More than 400 people were detained in connection with the violence in Moscow's Bolotnaya Square.

Some 18 people have has charges filed against them for creating a mass disturbance.

Based on reporting by ITAR-TASS and Interfax

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