Person arrested for dislocating shoulder of National Guard employee turns out to be former officer himself
The defendant was detained during a rally for fair elections in Moscow.
Moscow’s Tverskoy District Court placed Pavel Ustinov, 23, a former employee of the Russian National Guard, into custody until October 3. Ustinov is accused of using life-threatening violence against an employee of the department (part 2 of Article 318 CCRF) on an unauthorized rally for fair elections on August 3. The victim was hospitalized with dislocation of the shoulder. Ustinov pleads innocent.
“Your Honor, I object to the petition of the Investigative Committee, because I physically could not inflict damage on a person three times superior to me in physical strength. I did not participate in the rally and had no intention of doing harm,” Mediazona quotes Ustinov as saying.
According to the young man, he recorded the participants of the action on a mobile phone when he was wrung up and beaten with sticks by employees of the National Guard. “I have never resisted,” Ustinov claims.
The accused noted that he himself had previously participated in the dispersal of unauthorized actions, and asked to attach a positive response from the service to the case files.
According to the investigation, during the rally, Ustinov attracted the media’s attention, chanted slogans, and refused to proceed to the bus during the detention.
According to OVD-Info, 1,001 people were detained at the rally on August 3. According to the MIA, 600 people were detained, and a total of 1,500 protesters took part in the protests.