MOSCOW, January 16. /ITAR-TASS/. Zamoskvoretsky court in Moscow amnestied Dmitry Altaichinov, defendant in the criminal case over mass riots on Bolotnaya Square in the capital in May 2012, Itar-Tass reported from the courtroom on Thursday.“After litigating parties produced their arguments and taking into account the fact that Article 212 of Russia’s penal code comes under the effect of amnesty the court ruled to apply an act of amnesty to Altaichinov,” Judge Olga Susina read out the court verdict.
Altaichinov’s lawyer Sergey Titerin has earlier filed an appeal to relieve his client from criminal responsibility. The public prosecutor did not object to the lawyer’s appeal.
Altaichinov is accused of participation in mass riots. He has earlier pleaded guilty and has asked to hold special court proceedings without examination of evidence.
According to material announced in the court, Altaichinov, 22, was earlier convicted thrice — twice for robbery and once for the use of violence against a law enforcer. However, all three times he was sentenced to a fine and compulsory correctional works.
“This circumstance in particular permitted to amnesty my client,” the lawyer said.
The Bolotnaya case over mass riots and resistance to police was opened after events on May 6, 2012, when an opposition action permitted by state authorities grew into clashes with police. More than 400 people were detained for illegal action, more than 30 police officers were injured, and several dozens of people were hurt. The criminal case was opened under Article 212 of Russia’s penal code for mass riots and Article 318 for violence against law enforcers.