MOSCOW, July 2 (Itar-Tass) — The Moscow City Court has found lawful Monday the arrest of Yaroslav Belousov and Fyodor Bakhov, who are accused in the criminal case over the disorders during the March of Millions on the Bolotnaya Square on May 6. Thus, the appeal of their defence was turned down.
The lawyers insisted in the court to cancel the ruling of the district court. They noted that the decision to arrest these young men is unlawful and groundless. In this respect, the defence asked to rule a measure of restraint not envisaging arrest for Belousov and Bakhov. However, after the litigating parties had produced their arguments, the Moscow City Court did not find any grounds to cancel the rulings of the district judge. The Basmanny District Court has earlier authorized the arrest of young men that the investigator asked for.
The Main Investigation Department of the Russian Investigation Committee has already brought accusations against 14 defendants in the criminal case over the disorders on the Bolotnaya Square. Maxim Luzyanin, Andrei Barabanov, Stepan Zimin, Denis Lutskevich, Alexandra Dukhanina, Yaroslav Belousov, Artyom Savelov, Alexander Kamensky and Mikhail Kosenko faced charges under Article 212 Part 2 and Article 318 Part 1 of the Criminal Code for participation in massive disorders and the use of violence against law enforcers. Oleg Arkhipenkov, Rikhard Sobolev, Vladimir Akimenkov and Fyodor Bakhov are charged under Article 212 Part 2 for participation in massive disorders, Maria Baronova is charged under Article 212 Part 3 for the appeals to massive disorders. Twelve of them were arrested, Alexandra Dukhanina, 18, is under home arrest, Maria Baronova was released on recognizance not to leave the city.
On May 6, during the March of Millions several participants, who were marching on Bolshaya Yakimanka Street to the Bolotnaya Square, demanded opening the access to the square, and they were seeking to break through the police cordons. Some of them were hurling bottles and flares at policemen, and in the attempt to detain the most active protesters the latter put up resistance, particularly attempting to tear the helmets off the policemen. On the day over 400 people were detained for illegal actions eventually. Some 54 policemen and servicemen of the Interior Troops were found as the injured parties.