Quotes: MENA   Enter Symbol: NewsLetter: Search: advanced

Anti-Putin Russians convicted to be sentenced on Monday  Join our daily free Newsletter

MENAFN - Arab News - 22/02/2014
No. of Ratings : 0
Add to Mixx!


(MENAFN -Arab News) MOSCOW: A Russian judge who convicted eight defendants of rioting and violence against police at a 2012 protest against President Vladimir Putin said she would pronounce the sentences on Monday

Prosecutors have asked for prison sentences of five to six years for the defendants, who pleaded not guilty in a trial denounced by Kremlin critics as politically motivated

The Zamoskvoretsky district court in Moscow found the seven men and one woman guilty of participating in mass riots and using violence against police, an AFP correspondent reported

Around one thousand people stood in protest outside the heavily guarded tribunal including opposition leader Alexei Navalny, as well as two members of the Pussy Riot punk band who complained they were barred from the courtroom

Prosecutors have asked for prison terms of up to six years for the eight defendants

The trial was adjourned and scheduled to continue on Monday when sentences are expected to be handed down

The defence team and human rights organisations have called the proposed sentences disproportionately harsh

Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International have said that the charge of ?mass riots? is inappropriate and called the case politically motivated

The trial previously included 12 people but four were released after qualifying for a Kremlin-backed general amnesty in December because they faced a lesser charge

Of the remaining eight, Sergei Krivov, 52, and Alexandra Naumova, 20, face the harshest punishment after prosecutors in December requested they be jailed for six years

Also facing prison terms are protesters Andrei Barabanov, Alexander Polikhovich, Artyom Savyolov, Stepan Zimin, Denis Lutskevich, and Artyom Belsov



Police said 50 people were detained outside the court as protesters chanted ?Shame to the police!? and hung posters on a tree. A rights monitoring group, Ovdinfo, estimated that 110 people were detained

?I was (at the protest) and... any one of us could be on trial right now, it is terrible,? said Nina, a middle-aged woman standing in the crowd

Tens of thousands of people marched through central Moscow in a demonstration on May 6, 2012 to protest against Putin?s third term but the rally ended in scuffles after walking into police ranks on Bolotnaya square

Most of those on trial have been under arrest since 2012 and the trial known as the ?Bolotnaya case? is seen by many as the symbol of Putin?s crackdown on dissent

The mass riot probe has already seen one person sentenced to four-and-a-half years on similar charges and a second committed to a psychiatric hospital

The Bolotnaya clashes led to dozens of arrests and injuries on both sides. Investigators have said that the opposition planned to overthrow the government and destabilise the country

Prosecutors have said that 82 people were injured. A massive probe into the events had split off into several different cases including a total of about 30 people

The defence said videos used by the prosecution in the current trial were often inconclusive, and the case was based predominantly on conflicting police testimonies, even after some officers said they were not in fact hurt

One of the defendants, Belousov, is accused of throwing a lemon at riot police

Amnesty International classified six of the eight people on trial as prisoners of conscience and urged Russia to drop all the ?purported mass riots? charges against the defendants.

 


Arab News




  MENA News Headlines
 Mar 26 2017 - PRESS RELEASE- Region's financial leaders meet to discuss how to survive coming tech revolutionMENAFN Press
(MENAFN Editorial) Leading bankers, FinTech experts, regulators and financial industry representatives from the Middle East and Africa will gather in Manama this week to discuss the latest ...

 Mar 26 2017 - Reebok Les Mills invites you to witness a live workout demonstration at Stadium, Yas MallMENAFN Press
(MENAFN Editorial) Enjoy 20% discount on select Reebok products for a limited time period only Abu Dhabi, UAE; 26 March, 2017: Head to Stadium at Yas Island on Friday 31st March for a free Les ...

 Mar 26 2017 - L'Occitane introduces Terre De LumiereMENAFN Press
(MENAFN Editorial) Timeless light With every new chapter comes a new beginning. This time, L'OCCITANE went back to the very source of the beauty of Provence. It wanted to find the force that ...

 Mar 27 2017 - Royal Air Maroc Joins Arab Airlines in Poking Fun at Electronics BanMorocco World News
(MENAFN - Morocco World News) Toronto – With the in-flight electronics ban taking effect Saturday, the Arab airlines affected decided to fight back with humour against the widely-disputed US and UK ...

 Mar 27 2017 - Twin Flame Poetry - Poetry collection about an eternal loveMENAFN Press
(MENAFN Editorial) "Twin Flame Poetry" by ISIS & OSIRIS In their second collection of poems, "Twin Flame Poetry", ISIS & OSIRIS continue the story of their unique love. It has only ...

 Mar 21 2017 - Global Agricultural Drones Market Size, Share, Trends, Growth, Regional Outlook and Forecast 2022 - Acute Market ReportsMENAFN Press
(MENAFN Editorial) "Acute Market Reports" AcuteMarketReports.com has Published New Research Report Title "Agricultural Drones Market Shares, Strategies, and Forecasts, Worldwide, 2016 to ...

 Mar 21 2017 - Clutch Sports Memorabilia Sympathizes with Michael Fioretti Recently Having 85K Worth of Chicago Sports Memorabilia StolenMENAFN Press
(MENAFN Editorial) Clutch Sports Memorabilia has sympathy for Mr. Michael Fioretti Michael Fioretti had spent the last few years trying to make a difference in the central Texas area. ...

 Mar 27 2017 - Kuwait-Alargan posts 37pct increase in revenuesMENAFN
(MENAFN) Alargan, a pioneering real estate firm in Kuwait has posted profits of USD88.4mn for 2016, marking an increase of 37 percent compared to USD64.3mn in 2015.Accordingly, the firm proclaimed ...

 Mar 27 2017 - Saudi Acwa, Apicorp ink deal for 8pct share in Shuqaiq projectMENAFN
(MENAFN) Acwa Power, a Saudi-based developer and Arab Petroleum Investments Corp (Apicorp) have inked a sale and purchase deal for an 8 percent share in Shuqaiq power project in KSA.The project, ...

 Mar 27 2017 - Invitation to a press conference on The Government of Japan contributes to UNMAS to support Sudan to meet its obligation under Ottawa TreatyMENAFN Press
(MENAFN Editorial) KHARTOUM, Sudan, March 27, 2017/APO/ -- United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS), Embassy of Japan, and the National Mine Action Center cordially invite you to attend and ...

more...


 





Google

 
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network

MENAFN News Market Data Countries Tools Section  
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network
Arabic MENAFN

Main News
News By Industry
News By Country

Search News
Market Indices
Quotes & Charts

Global Indices
Arab Indices

Commodoties

Oil & Energy

Currencies Cross Rates
Currencies Updates
Currency Converter

USA Stocks
Arab Stocks
 

Algeria 
Bahrain 
Egypt 
Iraq
Jordan 
Kuwait 
Lebanon
Morocco 
Oman 
Palestine
Qatar 
Saudi Arabia 
Syria
Tunisia 
UAE 
Yemen

Weather
Economic Calendar
Financial Glossary


Financial Calculators

RSS Feeds [XML]

Corporate Monitor

Events

Real Estate
Submit Your Property

Arab Research
Buy a Research

Press Releases
Submit your PR

Join Newsletters


 
© 2014 menafn.com All Rights Reserved.  Terms of Service | Privacy Policy | Contact Us | Advertise | About MENAFN | Career Opportunities | Feedback | Help