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MOSCOW, June 26 (Itar-Tass) — The Investigative Committee /SK/ on Tuesday denied the reports on pressure on defendants in the case over mass disturbances in Bolotnaya Square during the so-called "March of Millions" on May 6.
"The Investigative Committee, in connection with the reports alleging pressure and use of force in order to secure testimony, states that all the investigative actions and procedures are being held in strict compliance with the norms of the Russian criminal legislation and that no pressure is being put on the witnesses or the defendants," the SK press service told Itar-Tass.
"Perhaps, the lawyers of a number of defendants erroneously regard the questions the investigation ask to obtain information that has significance for the probe as forcing a testimony out of their clients," the SK said.
Thirteen people have been charged within the case; of those, 11 are under arrest. On May 6, part of the participants in the "March of Millions" walking from Bolshaya Yakimanka to Bolotnaya Square, demanded that police open a parkway, and attempted to break through the police cordon. Some clashed with police officers and ripped off their protective headgear. More than 400 persons were detained on that day. Some 30 police were injured.