Arrest of suspect in Bolotnaya Square riots extended
MOSCOW, November 2 - RAPSI, Diana Gutsul. The Basmanny District Court has extended the arrest of Denis Lutskevich, who is involved in the Bolotnaya Square riots case, the court told the Russian Legal Information Agency (RAPSI/rapsinews.com) on Friday. The court has satisfied the investigator's appeal to extend his arrest until March 6, 2013.
The defense has already voiced its intention to appeal the ruling.
The investigator told the court that there are sufficient grounds to believe that Lutskevich may hinder the proceedings in the criminal case, hide, or continue his criminal activity.
In turn, Lutskevich refused to admit his guilt.
"I still cannot understand why I am in custody," he said. "No one can explain this to me or show me any proof. I want to be released on my own recognizance. I am not going to hinder the case or hide."
A total of 18 individuals are under investigation.
Maxim Luzyanin has already appeared before the court. He admitted his guilt in full.
The Zamoskvoretsky District Court will consider his case in a special procedure. He has been charged with taking part in mass riots and using violence against a law enforcement officer.
Clashes with the police flared up on May 6 during an officially sanctioned opposition march across Moscow. 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 strolled peacefully through the city in a show of opposition.