Convicted Moscow riots activist applies for release on parole
MOSCOW, June 30 (RAPSI, Diana Gutsul) – Yaroslav Belousov convicted of participation in Moscow's 2012 Bolotnaya riots has filed an application with Moscow‘s Tverskoy District Court to be released on parole, attorney Dmitry Agranovsky told RAPSI on Monday.
Over 400 people were arrested and scores injured in the Bolotnaya Square protest that turned violent in May 2012. Dozens were later charged with inciting mass riots and using violence against law enforcement officers.
On February 24, Moscow’s Zamoskvoretsky District Court sentenced eight activists to prison terms of three to four years in prison for participation in the riots. Aleksandra Dukhanina was given a suspended sentence, Sergei Krivov received four years in prison, Artyom Savyolov - two years and seven months, Stepan Zimin and Aleksei Polikhovitch - three years and six months, and Andrei Barabanov to three years and seven months, Yaroslav Belousov received a sentence of two and a half years in prison.
On June 20, the sentence of Belousov was mitigated by the Moscow City Court from 30 to 27 months. The court also reduced the sentence of Krivov from 48 to 45 months.
Ten suspects were pardoned pursuant to a broad amnesty spearheaded by Russian President Vladimir Putin in commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the Russian constitution at the end of 2013 and the beginning of 2014.
Moreover, protester Maxim Luzyanin, who had pleaded guilty for his role in the riots, was sentenced to 4.5 years in prison in 2012. Another defendant Mikhail Kosenko in 2013 was sentenced to compulsory psychiatric treatment. In early June, the Chekhov City Court of the Moscow Region released Kosenko from a mental hospital to continue treatment in an outpatient clinic.