Kavkazskiy was arrested on July 25, 2012 and has been kept in the No2 pre-trial detention prison. He is accused of participating in mass riots (paragraph 2, article 212 of the Russian Criminal Code) and he is facing up to eight years in prison. According to the accusation, Kavkazskiy hit a policeman. An independent investigation undertaken by a journalist from the “Grani.ru” human rights organization implies that Nikolay was not beating the policeman but was rather dodging the latter’s blows.
Nikolay Kavkazskiy suffers from multiple diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, headaches, scoliosis, respiratory failure, heart disease, gastritis, allergies and dermatitis. His lawyers Tamara Romanova and Sergey Minnenkov have repeatedly drawn the attention of the court to Nikolay Kavkazskiy’s health conditions. He also complained personally about the deterioration of his health during his time in prison.