Yaroslav Belousov  

Year of birth: 1991

Charge: Participation in mass disorder and use of violence against  authorities

Currently detained in: Prison 2 'Butyrka', Moscow

Lawyer: Ekatherina Goryaynova +7 (499) 50199−49
Dmitry Agaranovsky +7 (903) 74698−94, Igor G. Rudenko


Yaroslav Belousov 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 university student.

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".

Released 04.09.2014