For the first time in Russia an activist was sentenced for “violations at protests”


Activist Ildar Dadin was sentenced to 3 years in prison for “repeated violations of the rules of a public event”.

Moscow’s Basmanny court convicted an opposition activist Ildar Dadin of violating the law on rallies. The defendant was sentenced to 3 years in a penal colony.

Dadin was taken into custody in the courtroom, reports TASS. The state prosecution requested the activist to be sentenced to 2 years in a penal colony. The court ruling says that Dadin’s guilt was fully proved during the trial. However, the defendant did not acknowledge his guilt, and asked the court to cease criminal prosecution for lack of corpus delicti in his actions.

According to the Court, the activist violated Article number 212.1 of the Criminal Code of Russia “repeated violations of the established order of organizing or holding meetings, rallies, demonstrations, marches and pickets”. The article suggests a maximum sentence of five years in prison.

Dadin participated in four protest rallies that took place on August 6, August 23, September 13 and December 5, 2014. During the last one, several activists including Dadin blocked the Myasnitskaya Street for a few minutes, holding the traffic, and also lit fireworks .

For the second time Dadin was detained during uncoordinated action on Manezhnaya Square on January 15, 2015. That time he was placed in a detention center for 15 days. The Court considered his actions a criminal offense, as Dadin violated the law on rallies for the second time. He was detained on January 30 this year, and placed under home arrest on February 3. In June the final version of charges were pressed against him.

At the moment, similar criminal cases are brought against activists Mark Halperin, Irina Kalmykova, and Vladimir Ionov.


Image: Mark Galperin