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Bolotnaya 'Prisoner Of Conscience' Released After Completing Term

  • RFE/RL's Russian Service

One of the Russians who was imprisoned after the May 6, 2012, protest on Moscow's Bolotnaya Square against Russian President Vladimir Putin has been released.

Artyom Savyolev, 35, was released from a prison camp in Ryazan Oblast on December 31 after serving his sentence of two years and seven months.

He was convicted of resisting arrest, charges which he denies.

More than 400 people were detained after violence erupted during the Bolotnaya protest, and several dozen people were prosecuted.

A handful were given jail terms, most prominently, opposition leader Sergei Udaltsov.

He is serving 4 1/2 years in prison on charges of organizing mass disorder.

Savyolev was never a member of any opposition group.

He was one of three Bolotnaya prisoners to be named a "prisoner of conscience" by the rights group Amnesty International.