Russian Finance Ministry to pay activist Dadin $38,600 for unlawful prosecution
MOSCOW, May 31 (RAPSI, Lyudmila Klenko) – A court in the Moscow Region has granted a lawsuit filed by Russian activist Ildar Dadin in part and ordered the Finance Ministry to pay him 2.2 million rubles (about $38,600) for unlawful prosecution, RAPSI learnt on Wednesday from the Moscow Regional Court’s press-service.
Dadin, who was convicted and later acquitted of numerous violations of protest laws, sought a 5 million-ruble (about $87,800 at the current exchange rate) compensation for moral damages inflicted by unlawful prosecution as well as staying in detention and under house arrest for two years.
Dadin was sentenced on December 7, 2015. Initially he received a 3-year prison term. The Moscow City Court later reduced the sentence to 2.5 years. He was acquitted on February 22, 2017, when the Supreme Court’s Presidium overturned his 2.5-year prison sentence and ruled to release him. The court held that criminal proceedings against Dadin should be dismissed because of the absence of elements of a crime in his actions.
The Supreme Court explained that the article of the Russian Criminal Code prohibiting violations of protest laws excludes possibility of criminal prosecution if at the time of crime there were no active court rulings regarding administrative liability of a defendant. These rulings must be issued at least three times in the period of 180 days.