Saturday, July 26, 2014


Russia

One More Activist Arrested In Connection With Bolotnaya Protest

By RFE/RL's Russian Service
One more Russian activist has been arrested in connection with the mass protest action on Moscow’s Bolotnaya Square two years ago.

Moscow police charged Dmitry Ishevsky, 30, on May 27 with participation in mass disorders.

A day earlier, an activist from St. Petersburg, Polina Strongina, was also charged with participation in mass disorders in connection to the Bolotnaya rally.

In May 2012, Russian opposition groups staged a "March of Millions" that ended in violent clashes between demonstrators and police on and around Bolotnaya Square.

The violence took place on the eve of Vladimir Putin's inauguration for a third term as president.

More than 400 people were detained and 30 were charged for their alleged part in the unrest.

Seven participants have received jail terms of between 2 1/2 to four years. Sentences for the other protesters are pending.

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