Three more July Moscow riots defendants to remain in detention
MOSCOW, August 15 (RAPSI) – The Moscow City Court on Wednesday upheld detention of three other defendants in a criminal case over mass riots which took place in Moscow on July 27, RAPSI reported from the courtroom.
The court therefore dismissed appeals filed by Sergey Abanichev, Vladislav Barabanov and Samariddin Radzhabov.
Earlier in the morning, the court upheld detention of muscovite Ivan Podkopayev, who came to the unauthorized rally with a knife, a pepper-spray pellet, a gas mask and a gavel.
On August 15, the court is expected to hear appeal against detention of four more activists involved in the case, Daniil Konon, Yegor Zhukov, Alexey Minyaylo and Kirill Zhukov.
The men are charged with participating in riots; some of them are also accused of using violence against a representative of authority.
Unauthorized rallies in support of candidates seeking to become lawmakers of the Moscow State Duma but refused registration by the Election Commission were held on July 27 and August 3 in central Moscow. Over 1,000 people were arrested for various violations as a result.
Following the 27 July rally, the Investigative Committee opened a criminal case over mass riots. Investigators believe that the protest action was held with the use of force against representatives of authority.
Several well-known opposition figures including Alexey Navalny, Dmitry Gudkov, Ilya Yahin were arrested and put in detention for alleged organization of an unauthorized rally.