MOSCOW, February 3 (RAPSI) – The Second Cassation Court of General Jurisdiction has dismissed an appeal against the 2.5-year prison sentence given in absentia to Dmitry Buchenkov, a defendant in the 2012 Bolotnaya riots case, RAPSI has learnt in the court’s press service.

In December 2019, Buchenkov was convicted and sentenced in absentia. Moscow’s Zamoskvoretsky District Cour also included the term spent in detention and under house arrest in the sentence, considered the term served and closed the search case. On December 18, a prosecutor demanded an 8-year term in penal colony for Buchenkov.

In February 2018, the Moscow City Court upheld suspension of proceedings against Buchenkov because of his disappearance. In November 2019, the trial was resumed. As reported earlier, the defendant, who was under house arrest, once failed to appear at the Bolotnaya case hearing. He was put on the international wanted list, and his house arrest was replaced with detention. The case was suspended. Prosecutors believed that Buchenkov fled to Europe.

Buchenko was charged with participating in mass riots and attacking persons in a position of authority. He pleaded not guilty. His attorneys insisted that he was out of Moscow on the day of riots. According to defense lawyers, Buchenkov had an alibi.

Over 400 people were arrested, and scores were injured in the authorized Bolotnaya Square protest that turned violent in May 2012. Dozens were later charged with inciting mass riots and battery against law enforcement officers.

Riot organizers Leonid Razvozzhayev and Sergey Udaltsov were sentenced to 4.5 years in prison each. Other defendants in the case received prison terms ranging from suspended sentences to four years. Several defendants were pardoned; two activists were sent to compulsory mental treatment.

The convicts’ supporters believe that the riots were provoked by police.