ST. PETERSBURG, October 24 (RAPSI, Mikhail Telekhov) – The Dzerzhinsky District Court of St. Petersburg on Thursday returned a 2-million-ruble ($31,000) compensation claim against the state was returned to a plaintiff  Mikhail Tsakunov, who had been acquitted of assault on a police officer during a protest action.

The lawsuit was returned because it had been filed in violation of territorial jurisdiction, RAPSI was told by the United press service of St. Petersburg courts.

The amount of sought compensation is reasoned by his over 1-year detention term and several-month travel restrictions. The Finance Ministry of Russia and the Investigative Committee’s Main Investigations Directorate were named among defendants in the lawsuit.

According to case papers, Tsakunov was arrested during a protest action near the Hermitage Museum on May 5, 2018. Later in the day, police officer Alexander Sukhorukov filed an application saying that Tsakunov had knocked his tooth out.

The Dzerzhinsky District Court of St. Petersburg found Tsakunov guilty of using force against a representative of authority, fined him 100,000 rubles but released from punishment. The St. Petersburg City Court later overturned the sentence and acquitted the man.