ACCUSED OF "MASS RIOTS" PARTICIPATION SERGEY FOMIN TURNS HIMSELF IN
Back in July, the District Election Commissions began declining applications for most independent candidates for the Moscow City Duma from various political backgrounds, a peaceful rally against election fraud and demanding the integrity of the candidate registration procedures occurred on July 27. The protest that had taken place a week before (July 20) has assembled over 20 000 people, and the amount of the July 27 demonstration participants is undetermined.
Demonstrators were subjected to a violent crackdown by law-enforcement with nearly 1 400 detained. Amnesty International has condemned the actions of the Moscow government, but a criminal investigation into 'mass riots' was opened by the Central Investigative Committee. The criteria for prosecution declared by the authorities in relation to this case are unclear and could potentially target any participant with a prison sentence of 3 to 8 years.
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