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♦ Statement about verdict in Bolotnaya Square case ♦
On December 22, 2015 Ivan NEPOMNYASHCHIKH, a 25-year-old engineer, by a decision of judge Alexei Kaveshnikov at the Zamoskvoretsky district court in Moscow, was sentenced to two-and-a-half years of imprisonment in a general-regime colony.
The Memorial Human Rights Centre considered and still considers the entire large Bolotnaya case and the sentences issued under it to be unjust and unfounded.
We are certain that the events of May 6, 2012 had no signs of mass riots, and the proof of the defendants’ guilt in using force against police officers was based on crude falsifications, and also on a biased and one-sided investigation.
All this is also fully applicable to the sentence passed on Ivan Nepomnyashchikh. Along with the testimony of the police “victims” the court cynically justified the verdict with videos thanks to which any person could independently convince themselves that the defendant did not commit the actions of which he was accused.
The Memorial human rights centre considers Ivan Nepomnyashchikh a political prisoner and demands his immediate and unconditional release and that of the other Bolotnaya prisoners who are imprisoned or remain in custody.
Translation by Memorial Human Rights Centre
Memorial Human Rights Centre 22 December 2015