Student cleared of Moscow riots charges pleads not guilty to extremism
MOSCOW, December 3 (RAPSI) – Student Yegor Zhukov, who had been previously cleared of Moscow summer riots charges, on Tuesday pleaded not guilty to extremism, RAPSI reported from the Kuntsevsky District Court of Moscow.
According to the new accusations, Zhukov had hatred and enmity for the existing political regime and posted on his YouTube channel videos containing calls for violent upheaval and extremist activities.
The defendant insists that he had not an aim to incite hatred. Zhukov said that he regarded the videos’ heroes as political rivals.
In early September, investigators dropped mass riots participation charges against Zhukov. However, he became a defendant in the extremism case. After his arrest he was detained but later placed under house arrest.