Left Front leader Sergei Udaltsov is seeking 10 million rubles ($304,000) in compensation from the state after the Supreme Court ruled that he was illegally arrested in December, the opposition firebrand said Wednesday.
"This means that I didn't fast in vain. Now I will seek compensation from the government for moral damages — 1 million rubles for every 24 hours in jail," Udaltsov wrote on social-networking site Twitter. He also thanked lawyers Violetta Volkova and Nikolai Polozov for their efforts in arguing his case.
The Supreme Court's judgment overrules a Dec. 10 verdict by Moscow's Zyuzinsky District Court sentencing Udaltsov to 15 days' administrative arrest for not returning to jail after he was hospitalized while serving a separate administrative sentence in October.
Shortly after the Dec. 10 verdict, Udaltsov went on hunger strike and, after falling ill, was hospitalized once more in critical condition.