MOSCOW, June 3 (RAPSI, Diana Gutsul) – The Russian Government has asked the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) to dismiss an application filed by Russian opposition activist Sergei Udaltsov over his detention and sentence, lawyer Dmitry Agranovsky told RAPSI on Friday.
Russia has given answers to the ECHR questions over the case against Sergei Udaltsov. According to the attorney, the Government is seeking full dismissal of the complaint and will not come to amicable agreement.
“We have to submit our case comments to the Government Memorandum until June 23,” Agranovsky added.
Udaltsov has been sentenced to 4.5 years in prison for organizing the Bolotnaya Square protests in central Moscow in May 2012.
On March 11, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) gave top priority to the application claiming that Udaltsov’s rights to fair trial, freedom of speech and freedom of assembly were violated.
Over 400 people were arrested and scores injured in the Bolotnaya Square protest that turned violent in May 2012. Dozens were later charged with inciting mass riots and using violence against law enforcement officers.
The case against Udaltsov and another opposition activist Leonid Razvozzhayev along with other opposition figures was initiated after the "Anatomy of Protest 2" film was shown on the NTV broadcasting network. The film claimed that the opposition was organizing a coup using funds from abroad. It showed Udaltsov and his companions allegedly talking with Georgian politician Givi Targamadze, who at the time headed Georgia's Parliamentary Defense and Security Committee, and is said to have been involved in masterminding revolutions in Georgia and Ukraine and mass riots in Belarus.
Udaltsov and Razvozzhayev were charged with organizing mass protests, convicted and sentenced in July 2014.