Moscow, September 27, Interfax - Moscow's Basmanny District Court ruled earlier on Thursday to free opposition activist Alexey Minyailo from pretrial custody, where he was taken on charges of involvement in mass unrest during a rally in Moscow on July 27, an Interfax correspondent reports from the court.
"Minyailo's actions contain evidence of administrative offence only," judge Artur Karpov said.
About ten Orthodox priests came to Basmanny District Court to vouch for Minyailo. The hearings were delayed for an hour. Before they started the priests were giving sandwiches and nuts to journalists and those who came to stand for the activist. According to Minyailo's lawyer Alan Gamazov, over 200 priests signed for his defendant.
According to the investigation, Minyailo took part in an unpermitted rally, but his advocate insisted that he neither participated in mass disorders, nor in an protest rally.
The unpermitted rally to support unregistered candidates to deputies of the Moscow City Duma was held in downtown Moscow on July 27, the elections were scheduled for September 8. Eventually, over 1000 people were detained.