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MOSCOW, August 3 (Itar-Tass) —— Two more suspects have been indicted in the Moscow Bolotnaya Square case, Russian Investigation Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin told Itar-Tass on Friday.
“Alexei Polikhovich and Nikolai Kavkazsky have been charged with taking part in riots accompanied with property damage and violence as regards officers,” he said. “Evidence showed that Kavkazsky hit OMON officers with hands and legs, while Polikhovich impeded detentions of certain riot participants by using physical force against officers and grabbing them by uniform.”
Polikhovich and Kavkazsky did not comment on the indictment. They refused to testify under Article 51 of the Russian constitution, Markin said.
The two suspects were detained on July 25 and 26. The court ordered their arrest.
“The homes of the suspects were searched, and evidence to their participation in the riots was collected. All the confiscated items will be examined, and other investigative procedures will be held for proving the culpability of the suspects,” he said.
Investigative procedures continue to detain other participants in the riots, he noted.
As of now, there are 16 defendants in the Bolotnaya Square case. Maxim Luzyanin, Andrei Barabanov, Stepan Zimin, Denis Lutskevich, Alexandra Dukhanina, Yaroslav Belousov, Artyom Savelov, Alexander Kamensky and Mikhail Kosenko were charged with participation in riots and violence against police officers (Part 2, Article 212 and Part 1, Article 318 of the Russian Criminal Code). Oleg Arkhipenkov, Richard Sobolev, Vladimir Akimenkov and Fyodor Bakhov were accused of taking part in the riots, and Maria Baronova was accused of appeals for riots (Part 3, Article 212 of the Russian Criminal Code). Twelve suspects were arrested, and Maria Baronova gave a written pledge not to leave Moscow. Dukhanina, 18, is under house arrest.
The March of Millions permitted by the authorities developed into riots and clashes with the police on May 6. The protesters tried to break through police cordons. Some tossed bottles and flares and tried to grab policemen’s helmets. More than 400 people were detained. About 30 policemen were hurt, and several dozens of people were wounded.