MOSCOW -- Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov has appealed his New Year's Eve arrest in Moscow with the European Court of Human Rights in France, RFE/RL's Russian Service reports.
Nemtsov is the co-chairman of the Solidarity movement. A Solidarity media official told RFE/RL on January 10 that Nemtsov decided to file his case with the European court in Strasbourg after Moscow courts refused to accept his appeal "due to seasonal holidays."
Nemtsov, a former deputy Russian prime minister under President Boris Yeltsin, was among 68 people arrested on December 31 at an unsanctioned rally on the opposite side of a Moscow square where an authorized protest was held.
He was sentenced on January 2 to 15 days of administrative imprisonment for failing to follow police orders. Read in Russian here