Vyacheslav Igumnov, a 22-year-old person involved in the “palace case”, was sentenced to five years in prison. About it it says in the Telegram channel of the Moscow courts of general jurisdiction.
According to investigators, Igumnov threw a flare at the police at a rally in support of Alexei Navalny, which took place on January 23, 2021.
After the arrest, Igumnov, according to the case file, “fully admitted his guilt and repented of his deed.” In a video published by the Investigative Committee, he also “urged all people not to go to unauthorized rallies.”
At the end of December last year became knownthat the prosecutor’s office asked to sentence Igumnov to 8 years in a penal colony.
Despite the fact that no one was hurt by Igumnov’s actions, he was still found guilty under Part 2 of Art. 213 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (hooliganism committed with the use of weapons or objects used as weapons) and Part 1 of Art. 318 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (use of violence against a representative of authority).
On January 23 and 31, as well as on February 2 and April 21, 2021, actions were held throughout Russia in support of the arrested opposition leader Alexei Navalny. The authorities responded to the winter protests with massive crackdowns, including searches and mass administrative arrests. In total, more than 11 thousand people were detained in connection with actions in support of Navalny in January-February. In Moscow alone, more than 1,250 people were subject to administrative arrest in a month for taking part in the protests.
Subsequently, about 90 criminal cases were initiated: on attacks on law enforcers, hooliganism, damage to property, road closures, violation of sanitary and epidemiological rules and involvement of minors in illegal actions.
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