Accessibility links

Russian Opposition Leaders' Supporters Detained In Moscow

MOSCOW -- Two supporters of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov were detained in Moscow today, RFE/RL's Russian Service reports.

About a dozen people came to Moscow's Tver District Court today with plastic chairs adorned with signs saying "Judge Borovkova Should Sit." The protesters wanted to give the chairs to Judge Olga Borovkova, but police did not allow them to enter the building and forcibly took the chairs away.

Nemtsov, a leader of the opposition Solidarity movement, was detained on December 31 on Moscow's Triumph Square while taking part in an unsanctioned gathering to protect freedom of assembly, part of the Strategy 31 movement.

Nemtsov was sentenced on January 2 to 15 days in jail.

Borovkova, the judge in the hearing, refused to provide Nemtsov with a chair during the trial, claiming the courtroom did not have enough chairs.

Nemtsov was forced to stand for some five hours while the case was heard.

Read in Russian here