MOSCOW, September 24 (RAPSI) – Two additional suspects implicated in a Russian criminal case centering on the 2012 Moscow riots have turned to the European Court of Human Rights, (ECHR) joining the seven others who have already filed applications raising various complaints relating to the conditions of their detention and to their ongoing custody, defense attorney Dmitry Arganovskiy told RAPSI Tuesday.

Accordingly, defendants Alexei Polikhovich and Denis Lutskevich joined the ranks of seven other defendants in the case that had already challenged the conditions of their detention and the refusal of the courts to release them from custody. The ECHR accepted and merged these complaints, assigning them priority status.

Arganovskiy explained that according to the complaints, the rights of Lutskevich and Polikhovich to liberty and security, and to not being subjected to inhuman and degrading treatment, were violated, as well as the right to release pending trial had been violated. The complaints further seek priority status, like the other similarly situated complaints, the lawyer explained.

The attorney further seeks compensation for his clients in the amount of EUR 100,000 from Russia.

The mass protests took place at a Moscow protest rally on the eve of Vladimir Putin's inauguration for a third presidential term in May 2012. The rally ended in clashes between protesters and the police.

Over 400 people were arrested and scores were injured when protesters briefly broke through police lines.