Vladimir Akimenkov 

Year of birth: 1987

Charge: Participation in mass disorder

Currently detained in: Prison 2 'Butyrka', Moscow  

Lawyers: Dmitry Agranovskii  +7 (903) 74698−94 agran@yandex.ru


Vladimir Akimenkov 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. 

Vladimir Akimenkov, an activist of 'Left Front', was arrested on 10th of June 2012. He suffers a congenital illness of the eyes and can barely see therefore the original accusation against him of "throwing a peace of concrete targeting a particular officer" was so patently false that even the prosecution dropped that charge.

During Akimenkov's detainment in a dark cell his eyesight has deteriorated dramatically: one eye is now left with 10% vision and the other 20%. His lawyers have repeatedly asked the court to change his conditions of imprisonment to house arrest; several prominent people in Russia have offered bail. However, according to the words of the judge, "this is not sufficient, for release on health reasons complete blindness is required".

To those who come to support him in the court he repeatedly says: "Please support everyone, I am not in the worst situation".

Released under amnesty 19.12.2013