Human rights activists propose amnesty for 2012 Moscow Riots suspects
MOSCOW, September 25 (RAPSI) - Human rights activists and lawyers have drafted a project on amnesty for suspects implicated in a Russian criminal case centering on the 2012 Moscow riots, Lev Ponomaryov, leader of the movement For Human Rights, said on Wednesday.
President Vladimir Putin said last week that persons involved in the Moscow riots case may be amnestied but "the attitude to matters must be the most serious" and at first all legal procedures must be completed.
Ombudsmen stand for immediate amnesty because they don't trust to the court's favorable decision.
The mass protests took place at a Moscow protest rally on the eve of Vladimir Putin's inauguration for a third presidential term in May 2012. The rally ended in clashes between protesters and the police.
Over 400 people were arrested and scores were injured when protesters briefly broke through police lines.
The criminal case was initiated after the "Anatomy of Protest 2" documentary film was shown on the NTV broadcasting network. The film claimed that the opposition was organizing a coup using funds from abroad and showed Left Front movement coordinator Udaltsov and his companions allegedly talking with Georgian politician Givi Targamadze, who at the time headed Georgia's Parliamentary Defense and Security Committee, and is said to have been involved in planning the "color" revolutions in Georgia and Ukraine, as well as the mass riots in Belarus.