Russian Student May Be Imprisoned for Eight Years for Taking Part in Moscow Protests
Zhukov and more than 1,000 protesters detained due to the protests called for authorities to allow opposition-minded candidates to run in Moscow municipal elections this September
On August 15, a Russian court ordered that 21-year-old student, Yegor Zhukov, stay in pre-trial detention. This came after Zhukov asked the court to impose pretrial restrictions that did not involve imprisoning him. His request was rejected.
Zhukov, a University student, well-known blogger, and candidate for the Moscow City Duma was detained on July 27. His case has been a highlight in one of the biggest crackdowns against opposition decrying President Vladimir Putin’s grip on power.
“All that my client, Yegor, did is that he walked with a peaceful procession and simply showed a hand to the crowd in order that they would leave directly from the roadway. That’s all,” Zhukov’s lawyer Leonid Solovyev said.
Zhukov is not alone, however, as he was among more than 1,000 protesters detained in Moscow. The protest called for authorities to allow opposition-minded candidates to run in Moscow municipal elections this September. The vote, though local, is seen as a dry run for a national parliamentary election in 2021.
Zhukov’s lawyers insist there has been no criminal wrongdoing and the charges against him are unclear. Zhukov’s detention has been extended until September 27 by the court. If found guilty, Zhukov faces up to eight years in jail.