: Radio Liberty: Jailed Russian says he didn't even attend protest he's charged over

19:50 May. 21, 2016

Radio Liberty: Jailed Russian says he didn't even attend protest he's charged over

Photo source: sergeyakhmetov.ru

Charged with using force against an officer, Akhmetov could be sentenced to five years in prison if convicted

Russian prosecutors seem confident about their case against Sergei Akhmetov. The evidence includes photos and footage they say show him at an antigovernment protest in Moscow in 2013.

But Akhmetov and his backers say there's just one problem: the man in the images is not him.

They say that Akhmetov, a St. Petersburg architect who is accused of tearing off a policeman's epaulets at the protest and has been in pretrial detention since November, did not attend the demonstration – and had not been in Moscow since 2011. The man in photos and footage looks something like Akhmetov but is a different person altogether, they contend.

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