Ivan Bolshakov, Deputy Chairman of the Moscow branch of YABLOKO,
who was sentenced to five years of probation in 2008 for his
alleged “breaking an arm” to a policeman when police was dispersing
a sanctioned rally in the South Butovo, Moscow, appealed against
the verdict in the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation.
Bolshakov asks the Supreme Court to abrogate the verdict
all the subsequent decisions of the Moscow City Court in view
of absence of crime in his actions, as well as in connection
with the falsification of the criminal case against him by
the law enforcement and multiple violations of the law during
Bolshakov also notified the European Court of Human Rights
which has been examining Bolshakov’s appeal that investigator
Vassily Demidenko, who had initiated and conducted a criminal
case against the YABLOKO’s activist, got a suspended sentence
of 3.5 years of imprisonment and was banned to take any state
posts for five years.
Demidenko was convicted for soliciting bribes from one of
the accused in another criminal case. It turned out that the
accused was not guilty, nonetheless the investigator told
to the accused that he would close the criminal case for a
bribe of USD 10,000.
According to Bolshakov’s attorney Elena Ustinovich, this
fact only confirmed the fact that Bolshakov’s criminal case