Support The Moscow Times!

Court Rules Russian Opposition Leaders Guilty in Bolotnaya Mass Riots

Opposition leaders Sergei Udaltsov (front R) and Leonid Razvozhayev (back, 2nd L) attend a court hearing in Moscow July 24, 2014.

A Moscow court on Thursday found Russian opposition leaders Sergei Udaltsov and Leonid Razvozhayev guilty of inciting mass riots against President Vladimir Putin.

Udaltsov, who has been under house arrest since February 2013, and Razvozhayev were accused of coordinating the so-called Bolotnaya protests in Moscow which turned violent on May 6, 2012, the eve of Putin's inauguration for a third term as president.

The two men denied organising mass riots and also a charge of plotting wider unrest. The state prosecution has called for eight-year jail terms for both of them and they were expected to be sentenced later on Thursday.

More updates soon.

See also:

Prosecutors Seek 8-Year Prison Term for Russian Protest Leader Udaltsov


Read more

Independent journalism isn’t dead. You can help keep it alive.

As the only remaining independent, English-language news source reporting from Russia, The Moscow Times plays a critical role in connecting Russia to the world.

Editorial decisions are made entirely by journalists in our newsroom, who adhere to the highest ethical standards. We fearlessly cover issues that are often considered off-limits or taboo in Russia, from domestic violence and LGBT issues to the climate crisis and a secretive nuclear blast that exposed unknowing doctors to radiation.

As we approach the holiday season, please consider making a one-time donation — or better still a recurring donation — to The Moscow Times to help us continue producing vital, high-quality journalism about the world’s largest country.