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State prosecutors ask for Mikhail Kosenko to undergo compulsory psychiatric treatment

3 October 2013 

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During the opening statements in the trial of Bolotnaya case defendant Mikhail Kosenko, state prosecutors requested that Kosenko be sent for compulsory psychiatric treatment, reports, citing RAPSI.

The public prosecutor asked that the suspect be found guilty under Article 212 of the Russian Criminal Code (participation in mass riots) and Article 318 (use of violence against a public official) and to "employ against Kosenko compulsory measures of a medical nature". According to the prosecutor, Kosenko "gave in to incitement and took part in riots", slightly injuring a riot police officer.

Kosenko's relatives believe that he does not need compulsory psychiatric treatment and are demanding a reassessment of his condition. He has previously been declared to be not responsible for his actions.

Earlier, two riot police officers, alleged victims in the case summoned by the court in the Kosenko case, were unable to identify him. One of them, Aleksandr Kazmin, said that he was knocked to the ground during the clashes on Bolotnaya Square and that he could not recall who his attackers were. Kazmin added that even if it was Kosenko who injured him during the riots, he did not want the suspect to serve time in prison. Kazmin's testimony was supported by his colleague, Roman Puzikov. However, two other riot police officers identified Kosenko as having caused them injury: Maksim Sanaev and Sergei Lukyanov.

In early September, the court refused to release Kosenko to attend his mother's funeral, on the grounds that he was suffering from a psychiatric disorder and might present a danger to society.

The case of Mikhail Kosenko is being heard separately from the case of 12 other suspects charged in relation to the disturbances on Bolotnaya Square on 6 May 2012, as he was declared not to be responsible for his actions. Twelve other suspects in the Bolotnaya case alongside him in the dock, all of whom face actual terms in prison if found guilty. Two suspects in the case have already been sentenced to prison after having made plea bargains. There are around 30 suspects in the Bolotnaya case in total, and most of them are still subject to ongoing investigations.