Over 60 percent of detained during May 6-9 rallies in Moscow found guilty
MOSCOW, May 14 - RAPSI. Over 60 percent of those detained during the opposition rallies held in Moscow from May 6 to May 9 have been found guilty of committing administrative violations, the Moscow City Court told the Russian Legal Information Agency (RAPSI/rapsinews.com) on Monday.
According to the court, some 328 cases on disobeying law enforcement officers and participating in an unauthorized rally were submitted to the magistrate's court.
The Moscow City Court added that 137 cases have not yet been considered.
The March of Millions was held in Moscow on May 6. The rally participants were supposed to pass Bolshaya Yakimanka street in order to reach Bolotnaya Ploshchad and, therefore, hold the planned rally. But part of the crowd deviated from the route and tried to break through the police cordons and head toward the Kremlin.
Influential blogger Alexei Navalny, Left Front movement coordinator Sergei Udaltsov and oppositionist Boris Nemtsov were among the detained. The police delivered Udaltsov and Navalny to the precinct four times. They were fined thousand rubles ($33.14) and then put into 15-day custody. Nemtsov only had to pay a fine.
The Investigative Committee has initiated criminal proceedings for inciting mass riots during the opposition rally on Bolotnaya Ploshchad, as well as for resisting and inflicting physical harm on police officers. Udaltsov and Navalny are witnesses in the case.
According to the Interior Ministry, about 20 police officers were injured during the opposition rally on Bolotnaya Ploshchad. Three of them were hospitalized. Investigators are currently looking into whether the breach of order was planned in advance of the rally.