MOSCOW, 11 Mar – RIA Novosti. The Moscow City Court denied the defense's appeal against the sentence to the municipal deputy of the Timiryazevsky district, Yulia Galyamina, who was sentenced to a suspended sentence for repeated violations at rallies, RIA Novosti reports.
“The verdict of the Tverskoy District Court against Galyamina should be left unchanged, the appeal was dismissed,” Judge Yulia Manerkina announced.
At the end of December, the Tverskoy Court of Moscow found Galyamina guilty under Article 212.1 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (“Repeated violations during mass actions”) and sentenced him to two years probation. The maximum sentence for such a charge is five years.
In the complaint, the lawyers appealed to the ruling of the Constitutional Court, which indicated that a criminal case under this article can only be initiated if there is a real threat of harm to the health of citizens, property and public order.
The prosecutor retorted that there was a threat to the health of citizens – this is the possibility of contracting coronavirus, and she also pointed out the blockage of traffic. The state prosecutor considered the verdict justified and asked to leave it unchanged.
Galyamina, who calls the accusations absurd, politically motivated and hindering the performance of her official duties, complained that the decision of the Tverskoy court did not allow her to teach at universities.
According to the investigation, in early July, the deputy posted publications on the Internet calling for participation on July 15 in an uncoordinated rally in the center of Moscow, which was attended by at least 400 people. At the same time, earlier she was repeatedly brought to administrative responsibility for similar violations.
Yulia Galyamina became the third convict under this article. The first was Ildar Dadin, his sentence was overturned in the Supreme Court, the second – Konstantin Kotov, he was released on parole in December 2020 – both received real sentences in the first instance.
In 2017, the head of the Russian Supreme Court, Vyacheslav Lebedev, supported the abolition of the article on repeated violations of the rules for holding rallies, adding that this was not an official position.
Galyamina was elected to the Council of Deputies of the Timiryazevsky District of Moscow in 2017. Last year, she tried to run for the Moscow City Duma, but the electoral commission did not allow her to participate in the elections, citing too many invalid signatures.