Trial over first defendant in Bolotnaya Square riots case to start on October 29
MOSCOW, October 23 - RAPSI. The Zamoskvoretsky District Court in Moscow will begin considering the criminal case against Maxim Luzyanin, who has been accused of participating in the Bolotnaya Square riots on May 6, Yevgeny Pazukhin, the court's press secretary, told the Russian Legal Information Agency (RAPSI/rapsinews.com) on Tuesday.
Pazukhin said the defendant has admitted his guilt and asked that his case be considered under a special procedure.
Luzyanin's attorney Sergei Shushpanov said the court will only impose a penalty that may not exceed two-thirds of the maximum term stipulated by the criminal code as part of the procedure.
"Preliminary hearings into the case have been set for October 29," Pazukhin said.
Luzyanin is accused of taking part in mass riots and using violence against a police officer.
Investigators maintain that Luzyanin took part in mass riots during the March of Millions, which were accompanied by violence, arson and property destruction.
An officially sanctioned opposition march across Moscow led to clashes with the police on May 6. 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," wherein crowds of opposition activists walked peacefully together through the city in a show of opposition. In total, 17 individuals have been arrested in this case.