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Another person gets 2.5 years jail term in Russia’s 2012 Bolotnaya Square riots case

December 22, 2015, 15:22 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Ivan Nepomnyashchikh was sentenced to 2.5 years in jail for participating in mass disorders and using violence against a representative of authorities on duty
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MOSCOW, December 22. /TASS/. A Moscow court has sentenced to 2.5 years in jail Ivan Nepomnyashchikh, who has been found guilty of complicity in mass riots in Bolotnaya Square in downtown Moscow on May 6, 2012 and an attack on a policeman, a TASS correspondent reports from the court.

The court found that Nepomnyashchikh participated in mass disorders and used violence against a representative of authorities on duty that was not a threat to his life and health.

The prosecutor had earlier asked the court to sentence the activist to 3.5 years in jail. The accused person who has been under house arrest has denied any wrongdoing.

A total of over 400 persons were detained under the criminal investigation into the Bolotnaya riots, during which more than 30 policemen were injured and several dozen people were wounded.

Overall, about 30 people were suspects in the so-called main Bolotnaya case. Criminal prosecution against some of them was terminated due to amnesty announced on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Russian Constitution. The criminal case against Nepomnyashchikh was made a separate investigation.

In July 2013, the leader of the Left Front Sergey Udaltsov and his accomplice Leonid Razvozzhaev were sentenced to 4.5 years in jail. Investigators say they organized the riots in Bolotnaya Square and in Russian regions.

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