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Two More Suspects Detained in Bolotnaya Square Investigation

Source: (info), 08/06/12

· Мinistry of Internal Affairs  · Persecution of activists  · Public protests  · Moscow city & Moscow region

Two more individuals have been detained as part of the criminal investigation into the violations that took place during the “March of Millions,” states a June 8 Lenta. ru report, citing the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation.

According to a statement by the Investigative Committee, the two detainees are 37-year-old Mikhail Kosenko and 20-year-old Stepan Zimin. They currently face charges on two accounts: “participation in mass riots” (Article 212, Section 2, of the Criminal Code) and “use of violence against a government representative” (Article 318, Section 1, of the Criminal Code).

Similar charges were brought earlier against another three suspects in the case. Businessman Maksim Luzianin pled guilty on all charges, while Andrei Barabanov, who is currently unemployed, pled guilty only to use of violence. Eighteen-year-old Aleksandra Dukhanina plead not guilty on all accounts. In its latest statement, the Committee emphasized that “the effort to detain further participants in the crime continues.”

The “March of Millions” took place 6 May on Moscow’s Bolotnaya Square, where a sanctioned opposition meeting turned into a clash between demonstrators and city police. Authorities claim that about 30 police officers were injured as a result and several hundred protesters were detained.