MOSCOW, February 13 (RAPSI) - Russian activist Ildar Dadin sentenced to 2.5 years in prison for numerous violations of protest laws has filed a motion with the Supreme Court to reconsider his case, RAPSI learnt in the court on Monday.
Dadin is the first person convicted under the Criminal Code’s Article on repeated violations committed during rallies.
On February 10, Russia’s Constitutional Court held that Dadin’s case must be reviewed. However, the contested Article of Russia’s Criminal Code was declared not contradictory to the Constitution.
Dadin was convicted and sentenced on December 7, 2015. Initially he received a 3-year prison term. The Moscow City Court later reduced the sentence to 2.5 years.
According to case papers, Dadin was arrested five times during rallies held between August 2014 and January 2015. Administrative proceedings were instituted against Dadin in all cases and he was fined. A criminal case was opened against him for participating in four meetings.
Dadin’s wife Anastasia Zotova wrote on Facebook in early November that her husband had been beaten and received murder threats when transferred to a penal colony in Karelia. The Federal Penitentiary Service (FSIN) launched a probe into the allegations.Later, the FSIN announced that independent medical commission from a local hospital had not found injuries on Dadin’s body.
On November 24, members of the European Parliament (MEPs) during a plenary session expressed concern over the welfare of Dadin and called on Russia to immediately release him. MEPs insisted on a thorough and transparent independent investigation into the situation with Dadin who had complained on a number of occasions of prison conditions and torture.
In early January, Zotova wrote on Facebook that Dadin was transferred from a prison in Karelia to Altai.