Detained participant in Moscow May riots ready to partially admit guilt
MOSCOW, November 29 - RAPSI. Alexandra Dukhanina, the first individual detained in the Moscow May riots case, is prepared to partially admit her guilt, but her case will not be heard under a special procedure, Dukhanina's attorney Dmitry Yefremov told the Russian Legal Information Agency (RAPSI/rapsinews.com) on Thursday.
He said Dukhanina has confessed that she used violence against law enforcement officers, but she categorically refuses to plead guilty of taking part in mass riots.
"This is why the case cannot be heard under a special procedure, as full admittance of guilt is required," he said.
Yefremov added that the investigation in the case may be completed on Friday, but so far no official announcements have been made.
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 June, investigators searched the homes of the rally organizers and participants, including those of Alexei Navalny, Sergei Udaltsov, Ilya Yashin, and Boris Nemtsov.
A total of 18 individuals were detained in the investigation.