1 Mar 2018 11:23

Navalny supporter Saltykov arrested until April 26

MOSCOW. March 1 (Interfax) - Moscow's Khamovnichesky District Court has arrested until April 26 a supporter of opposition activist Alexei Navalny, Konstantin Saltykov, who was arrested at a protest rally in Moscow on January 28 and charged with attacking police officers.

"The court has granted the investigative bodies' request [...] Saltykov is taken into custody until April 26," Judge Marina Filchenko said delivering decision on Wednesday.

Saltykov was charged with "subjecting an authority to violence not posing a threat to life or health."

The decision to open a criminal case, a copy of which is possessed by Interfax, states that the young man inflicted "moral damage and physical pain" on two police officers during an unauthorized rally during Navalny's detention on January 28. According to the investigators, he hit one police officer in the hip and the other one was hit in the face and on the back.

Yulia Ivanova, an official with the Moscow Directorate of the Investigative Committee, earlier said Navalny had been summoned to the agency to clarify the fact of infliction of bodily injuries on police officers at a protest on January 28.

The court declined the request made by Saltykov and his lawyers to put him under house arrest.

Saltykov said he intended to cooperate with the investigators and had no intention of hiding and putting pressure on witnesses.