is one of 27 people who
are currently on trial because of their involvement in
the mass demonstration on 6th of May 2012. On that date,
immediately before President Putin's inauguration, about
100,000-120,000 people took part in a peaceful protest
in Moscow. The police suddenly blocked the way to
Bolotnaya (Swamp) Square where the SANCTIONED march was
to terminate thus provoking a clash with the protesters.
Then the police announced the demonstration was
cancelled and immediately attacked the protesters,
beginning to disperse them with the aid of batons and
tear gas. As a result, approximately 600 people were
arrested on the spot, hundreds were injured. Criminal
charges were initiated not against the unlawful police
officers but against the lawful protesters for
participating in mass disorder and acts of violence. 27
people were selected by the authorities to serve as
examples in a theatre of show-case prosecutions.
Yaroslav Belousov is a student of the Department of
Politics at the Moscow State University. He is married
and has a now 2 years old son. His wife Tamara is also a
When the social movement "For fair elections" began Belousov took part in it. First he was interested in it
primary as a political scientist but after being an observer of
the Parliamentary and President elections his scientific
interest was swapped with the dissatisfaction and anger
of a disillusioned citizen who had witnessed too many dirty
games. Since then he began attending various meetings.
He also wrote a course work titled 'The role of social
net in the protest movement'. Later he acquired friends
among the members of 'Russian Democratic Union' but did
not become an activist.
Belousov was arrested in his
apartment on 9th of July. He was accused of breaking the
police chain, throwing pieces of concrete into them
and also hitting them while shouting "Fascists!". The
video shows him throwing into them an unknown shapeless yellow
shapeless item. This video was played on the Government
TV channels for days.
The lawyers of
Belousov request to release
him into house arrest or on a bail were refused
despite the fact that his wife is currently unemployed
and a sole career for their small child and also
despite the guarantees provided by the several members
of the Parliament. Very short-sighted Yaroslav
Belousov remains in jail for more than a year because he
threw into the police "an unknown shapeless yellow item".