MOSCOW, June 2 (RAPSI) - The leader of the movement For New Socialism Nikolay Platoshkin guilty of aiding and abetting mass riots and distribution of misleading information has filed an appeal against his sentence, RAPSI has learnt from the Gagarinsky District Court of Moscow.

The court gave him a 5-year suspended sentence in mid-May. In addition to the suspended prison term the defendant was fined 700,000 rubles ($9,500).

A case against Platoshkin was opened in the summer of 2020. Since then, he has been held under house arrest.

Platoshkin is a Russian diplomat, political analyst and historian, head of diplomacy and international affairs department of the Moscow Humanitarian University, leader of the movement For New Socialism.