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MOSCOW, September 3 - RAPSI. The Moscow City Court will pronounce on September 5 its decision on the appeal of Nikolai Kavkazsky, who is suspected of having participated in the protests that turned violent in downtown Moscow on May 6, his attorney Alexandra Pirogova told the Russian Legal Information Agency (RAPSI/rapsinews.com).
"On Monday, the court heard the parties' arguments and scheduled its decision for Wednesday," she said.
According to Pirogova, the court will read various documents from the defense, including references and bills of health, and also learn about the suspect's arrest and if he has received medical aid.
The attorney said her client suffers from many diseases affecting the heart and other organs. She asked the court to reverse the Basmanny District Court's decision to issue an arrest warrant and place him under house arrest.
Clashes with the police flared up on May 6 during an opposition march across Moscow, which had been officially sanctioned. Dozens of protesters and police officers were injured. The police detained over 400 rally participants.
After May 6, the opposition continued its protests in the form of "people's promenades", where crowds of opposition activists strolled together peacefully through the city in a show of opposition. In June, investigators searched the homes of rally organizers and participants.
The charges against Nikolai Kavkazsky carry a maximum punishment of eight years in prison.
Investigators maintain that he tried to stop rioters from being detained by the police, and in so doing, used physical force against the officers. The court issued an arrest warrant for him on July 27.