MOSCOW, 15 March – RIA Novosti. The Meshchansky court of Moscow until August 26 extended the term of detention for a native of the Luhansk region Pavel Grin-Romanov, who sprayed a gas canister at a law enforcement officer at an unauthorized rally on January 31, the court told RIA Novosti, where a preliminary hearing on the case took place today.
“The term of detention has been extended until August 26. The preliminary hearing has been postponed until March 22,” said court press secretary Yulia Kotomina.
According to a video previously published by the RF IC, Grin-Romanov confessed to investigators that on January 31, near the Komsomolskaya metro station, “he took a can of pepper gas from his jacket pocket and sprayed it towards the riot police officer,” of which he “completely regrets.” Guilt, according to the defendant, he fully admits.
The consideration of the criminal case of taxi driver Valery Yevsin, accused of using violence against a law enforcement officer at an uncoordinated rally on January 23 in Moscow, was postponed to April 7. Yevsin admitted that he had thrown a metal fence at an officer of the Russian Guard, his case will be heard in a special order – that is, without examining the evidence.
Uncoordinated protests took place on January 23 in different cities of Russia and continued on the 31st, despite numerous warnings from the authorities, including the danger of COVID-19 infection. In addition, uncoordinated actions took place in Moscow on February 2 during and after a meeting in the Moscow City Court on the case of Alexei Navalny.
Criminal cases were initiated on violation of sanitary rules during a pandemic, attacks on security officials and other articles. The first person involved in the case of illegal actions in Moscow on March 10 received a suspended sentence for hitting a policeman in a car.