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Investigative Committee Unites 'Bolotnaya Square' and 'Anatomy of a Protest-2' investigations

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The website of the Investigative Committee reports that the Bolotnaya Square investigation and the investigation into the preparation and organization of mass disturbances related to the reports contained in the TV documentary “Anatomy of a Protest-2” have been brought together in one case.

"The Main Investigative Directorate of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation has brought together into one criminal case the criminal investigations into the mass disturbances and the use of violence against representatives of the authorities on 6 May 2012 at Bolotnaya Square in Moscow, the charges brought against Sergei Udaltsov, Leonid Razvozzhaev and Konstantin Lebedev of preparing to organize mass disturbances on the territory of the Russian Federation, and the charges of brought against Leonid Razvozzhaev of committing robbery with violence in the town of Angarsk, and of illegally crossing of the border of the Russian Federation on 21 December 2012. The investigators have grounds to believe that the crimes in question were all committed by the same people,” the statement reads.

As reports, on 28 December 2012 the Investigative Committee reported that the investigation into 12 suspects in the so-called Bolotnaya Square case has been completed. "The counsel for the accused has begun to read the materials of the criminal case. Once they have done this, the case will be handed to the General Prosecutor’s Office for a decision on passing the case to the courts,” Vladimir Markin, the official spokesperson for the Investigative Committee, said.

The individuals concerned are Vladimir Akimenkov, Andrei Barabanov, Maria Barabanova Yaroslav Belousov, Aleksandra Dukhanina, Stepan Zimin, Nikolai Kavkazsky, Leonid Kovyazin, Sergei Krivov, Denis Lutskevich, Aleksei Polikhovich and Artem Savelov. At the end of November, RosUznik [РосУзник] reported on Twitter that the ‘trial of the 12’ would not begin earlier than February.

Baronova is on bail subject to travel restrictions, Dukhanina is under house arrest, the other 10 individuals are held in pre-trial detention. Akimenkov began to suffer from a serious deterioration of an illness of his eyes during detention, as a result of which he has almost gone blind. Nonetheless, the authorities refused to categorize him as a person with disabilities, and as a result he has not been possible to obtain his release from detention. Krivov has been on hunger strike since 14 December in protest at the prosecution of the “Bolotnaya Square prisoners”. Polikhovich was charged in addition with violations under Articles 212 and 318 of the Criminal Code after the gathering of evidence in his case had been completed.

Altogether in the Bolotnaya Square investigation there are 17 suspects. Moreover, the prosecutions of Maksim Luzyanin and Mikhail Kosenko have been treated separately. Luzyanin pleaded guilty and at the beginning of November was sentenced to 4,5 years in prison; Kosenko faces the possibility of enforced treatment in a psychiatric hospital.

Leonid Razvozzhaev, Sergei Udaltsov and Konstantin Lebedev are suspects in the investigation into the preparation of mass disturbances which was begun after the broadcasting on NTV of the documentary film “Anatomy of a Protest-2”. The authors of this broadcast allege that the opposition were preparing to seize power by force, using money from abroad. Moreover, in relation to Razvozzhaev a criminal investigation had been opened in relation to his alleged unlawful crossing of the Russian-Ukrainian border. On 10 January Razvozzhaev consented to the closure of a criminal investigation against him in relation to an alleged robbery supposed to have been committed by him 15 years ago in Angarsk.