Navalny arrested outside Bolotnaya Square case court

February 24, 2014 RBTH, Interfax
Opposition activist Alexei Navalny was arrested outside Zamoskvoretsky Court in Moscow on Monday morning. Navalny spent about half an hour not far from the court building where a sentencing is due in the Bolotnaya Square case on Monday.

Opposition activist Alexei Navalny was arrested outside Zamoskvoretsky Court in Moscow on Monday morning.

Navalny spent about half an hour not far from the court building where a sentencing is due in the Bolotnaya Square case on Monday.

At around 11:25 a.m. police officers led Navalny out of a group of people who gathered outside the court and escorted him to a police van. The opposition activist was loudly expressing his outrage at his detention and demanded an explanation.

People are still standing near the court building and chanting slogans. Police officers are asking demonstrators through loudspeakers to stop their unlawful rally.

An opposition protest permitted by the Moscow authorities to be held on Bolotnaya Square on May 6, 2012, developed into clashes with the police. More than 400 protesters were taken into custody.

Later the same day the police opened a criminal case under Article 212 (appeals for mass disturbances) and Article 318 (violence against persons in authority) of the Russian Criminal Case. In January 2013 the case was merged with the one of preparations to organize mass disturbances on the Russian territory.

There were 29 defendants in the case. Three of them have been convicted by now.

The State Duma declared an amnesty on December 18, 2013, on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Russian constitution. Eight defendants were amnestied.

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