Russian activist Dadin fined $185 for violating protest laws
MOSCOW, August 11 (RAPSI, Yevgeniya Sokolova) – The Tverskoy District Court on Friday fined activist Ildar Dadin 11,000 rubles (about $185) for violations during the unauthorized rally in central Moscow on June 12, RAPSI correspondent reports from the courtroom.
The court found Dadin guilty of disobedience of a police officer’s order and violation of protest laws.
Earlier, Dadin was fined 20,000 rubles ($330) for holding an unauthorized one-person picket near the Federal Security Service’s (FSB) building.
Dadin became the first person convicted of numerous violations of protest laws but acquitted later.
He was sentenced on December 7, 2015. Initially he received a 3-year prison term, which was later reduced 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.
In late May, a court in the Moscow Region ordered Russia’s Finance Ministry to pay the activist 2.2 million rubles (about $36,700 at the current exchange rate) for unlawful prosecution. Dadin, who had demanded 5 million rubles (about $83,500) in compensation, has appealed the ruling.