Denial of parole for opposition activist Udaltsov upheld
MOSCOW, May 26 (RAPSI) – The Tambov Regional Court has upheld refusal to release Russian opposition activist Sergei Udaltsov on parole, his attorney Violetta Volkova told RAPSI on Thursday.
The court thus dismissed an appeal filed against a lower court’s ruling. The penal colony administration argued against the early release of Udaltsov because he pleaded not guilty and did not earn any favors while being imprisoned.
A new motion for parole of Udaltsov will be lodged within six months, Volkova said.
Udaltsov has been sentenced to 4.5 years in prison for organizing the Bolotnaya Square protests in central Moscow in May 2012.
On March 11, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has given top priority to an application filed by Udaltsov’s lawyers claiming that opposition activist’s rights to fair trial, freedom of speech and freedom of assembly were violated.
Over 400 people were arrested and scores injured in the Bolotnaya Square protest that turned violent in May 2012. Dozens were later charged with inciting mass riots and using violence against law enforcement officers.
The case against Udaltsov and another opposition activist Leonid Razvozzhayev along with other opposition figures was initiated after the "Anatomy of Protest 2" film was shown on the NTV broadcasting network. The film claimed that the opposition was organizing a coup using funds from abroad. It showed Udaltsov and his companions allegedly talking with Georgian politician Givi Targamadze, who at the time headed Georgia's Parliamentary Defense and Security Committee, and is said to have been involved in masterminding revolutions in Georgia and Ukraine and mass riots in Belarus.
Udaltsov and Razvozzhayev were accused of organizing mass protests, convicted and sentenced in July 2014.