MOSCOW, November 2 (RAPSI) – Activist Danila Beglets, who had been convicted of using violence against a police officer at an unauthorized rally in Moscow on July 27, 2019, was released from a penal colony in the town of Mtsensk in the Oryol Region on Monday, according to lawyer of the International Advocacy Group Agora Leonid Solovyev.

He was convicted and sentenced to 2 years in jail in the fall of 2019. According to the prosecution, the man used violence against a policeman namely grabbed him by the wrist in order to obstruct his legal activity. The defendant pleaded guilty and announced willingness to pay 10,000 rubles ($130) in compensation to a victim.

In March, the Second Cassation Court of General Jurisdiction changed a place of serving sentence given to Beglets from penal colony to penal colony settlement. The 2-year term meanwhile was upheld.

In late October, a court in Mtsensk granted parole to the convict.

Protest actions began in Moscow in mid-July after election commissions denied registration of certain opposition members as candidates for the Moscow City Duma elections reasoning that documents submitted by them contained numerous violations.