Case of protester carrying knife at rally to be heard under special procedure – court
MOSCOW, August 26 (RAPSI) – Moscow’s Tverskoy District Court is to hear a criminal case of Ivan Podkopayev, who allegedly sprayed a chemical agent at the faces of police and Rosguard officers during an unauthorized rally on July 27, the court’s press service informs RAPSI on Monday.
The hearing is to take place on September 3; the special procedure is to be applied on the defendant’s application, a representative of the court’s press service noted.
Podkopayev is charged with using violence against representatives of authority.
At the rally, the police reported, the defendant was carrying a knife, a pepper spray, a hammer, and a gas mask; Podkopayev insisted the items were on him for his professional and personal needs, and the knife could not be classified as a weapon.
Earlier in August, the Moscow City Court upheld a lower court’s ruling to place five alleged participants of the riots, which occurred in Moscow on July 27, in detention.
The court dismissed appeals filed by Yegor Zhukov, Kirill Zhukov, Vladislav Sinitsa, Daniil Konon and Alexey Minyaylo against the restrictive measure.
The next day it also dismissed appeals of another four defendants, Sergey Abanichev, Vladislav Barabanov, Samariddin Radzhabov, Ivan Podkopayev.
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 Yashin were arrested and put in detention for alleged organization of an unauthorized rally.