“Prisoners of Bolotnaya”: Maksim Panfilov, the latest victim of a politically-motivated prosecution

Almost three years after the Bolotnaya Square demonstration in Moscow on 6 May 2012, criminal investigations against protesters are still open and new arrests continue to be made. On 7 April 2016, Maksim Panfilov, a 30 year-old resident of Astrakhan was detained on charges of participation in a mass riot, and of using “force not dangerous to life or health” against a police officer for which he could face a maximum prison sentence of eight and five years for each alleged crime respectively. He was flown immediately to Moscow, and the following day a judge at Moscow Basmanny District Court ordered his detention until 7 June.

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