Sentence of actor Ustinov in Moscow rally case mitigated to suspended term
MOSCOW, September 30 (RAPSI, Kirill Ryabchikov) – The Moscow City Court on Monday changed sentence of actor Pavel Ustinovv, who had been earlier convicted of inflicting bodily harm to law enforcement officer, from 3.5-year imprisonment to a 1-year suspended term, RAPSI reports from the courtroom.
The ruling will be appealed, according to the defendant's defense team.
Earlier, the court examined video records submitted by witnesses as was requested by the defendant, his defense and prosecution.
The court considered appeals against Ustinov’s sentence filed both by the defendant and prosecution and granted the prosecutors' one. Prosecutors do not challenge the guilty verdict against Ustinov, they claimed the sentence should be mitigated. According to the court’s press service, the Prosecutor General’s Office sought non-custodial punishment for the actor.
However, the defendant asked to overturn conviction.
On September 16, Ustinov was found guilty of inflicting personal injury to a National Guard officer when being arrested during an authorized rally and received 3.5 years behind bars. However, the defendant pleaded not guilty and appealed against the ruling.
According to investigators, the man was an active participant of the unauthorized rally in central Moscow on August 3. While being arrested he resisted a National Guard officer causing him a shoulder point closed dislocation.
The defendant pleaded not guilty.