The Pervouralsk City Court has appointed a year of restriction of freedom for Nikita Khaitov, a defendant in the “palace case”. About it informs lawyer Fedor Akchernyshev, cooperating with OVD-Info.
Nikita Khaitov was found guilty under the article on calls for participation in mass riots (part 3 of article 212 of the Criminal Code). The prosecutor asked to appoint him 1.5 years of restriction of freedom.
According to the investigation, the accused called on social networks for riots in anticipation of the rallies in support of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, which took place at the end of January.
Prior to the court’s decision, Nikita Khaitov was under recognizance not to leave.
In June, the Verkh-Isetsky District Court of Yekaterinburg fined the son of a member of the United Russia party for 45 thousand rubles for kicking a police officer in the buttocks area during a January 23 rally. In addition, in August, a court in Yekaterinburg sentenced to colony two local residents who, during the January action, threw a pyrotechnic grenade and a smoke bomb at the riot police. writes Kommersant.
On January 23 and 31, as well as on February 2, rallies were held throughout Russia in support of the arrested opposition leader Alexei Navalny. The authorities immediately responded to the protests with massive repression, including searches and mass administrative arrests. In total, more than 11 thousand people were detained in connection with the actions in support of Navalny.
In Moscow alone, over 1250 people were subjected to administrative arrest in a month for taking part in protests. More than 100 criminal cases were also initiated: about attacks on security officials, hooliganism, damage to property, blocking roads, violation of sanitary and epidemiological rules and involvement of minors in illegal actions. The combination of these cases is called the “palace affair”, since one of the catalysts of the protests was the investigation film of the Anti-Corruption Foundation “Palace for Putin. The history of the biggest bribe».
In June, the Moscow City Court recognized the structures of Alexei Navalny (the Anti-Corruption Foundation, the Foundation for the Protection of Citizens’ Rights, Navalny’s headquarters) as extremist organizations. A law was also passed prohibiting those involved in the work of extremist organizations from participating in elections.