The ‘Bolotnoe case’ is a Political Trial. Statement by International Memorial Society

posted 5 Jul 2013, 03:10 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 5 Jul 2013, 03:12 ]
4 July 2013 

The trial of those suspected of being involved in 'mass disorder' which allegedly took place on Bolotnaya Square on 6 May 2012 has begun in Moscow. It seems unlikely this event would have drawn such serious attention, if it was indeed a routine trial of people who had taken part in clashes between demonstrators and the police. These kinds of conflicts take place in every country. In democratic countries, if clashes of this kind do not entail serious consequences, they are usually not seen as a severe violation of the law, since the rights of citizens to demonstrate is considered a priority. [Read more]