MOSCOW, September 26 (RAPSI) – Moscow’s Basmanny District Court on Thursday released Alexey Minyaylo, an employee of the office of ex-candidate for Moscow City Duma election Lyubov Sobol, from detention as part of the 27 July Moscow riots case, RAPSI was told in the court’s press service.

On Thursday, the court heard the investigators’ motion to extend detention, but during the hearing an investigator asked a judge to place the defendant under house arrest until December 27. Prosecutors also asked a non-custodial restrictive measure for Minyaylo.

The activist stands charged with participation in mass riots. Cases against other defendants were closed earlier in September.

Unauthorized rallies in support of candidates seeking to become lawmakers of the Moscow State Duma but refused registration by the Election Commission were held on July 27 and August 3 in central Moscow. Over 1,000 people were arrested for various violations as a result.

Following the 27 July rally, the Investigative Committee opened a criminal case over mass riots. Investigators believe that the protest action was held with the use of force against representatives of authority.