The 6 May 2012 rally was the first one ever for Artem Savelov. He happened to be at the place where the police cordon was broken. He was detained, according to the police report, for shouting out such slogans as “Down with the police state!” and others. According to his friends and people who have met him Savelov stutters severely and is unable to pronounce a phrase that long.
Savelov was arrested on June 9, 2012. He is accused of participating in mass riots (paragraph 2, article 212 of the Russian Criminal Code) and of allegedly using force against a representative of authority (paragraph 1, article 318 of the Russian Criminal Code). He is facing up to thirteen years in prison. He was accused of grasping a policeman by the arm and trying to pull him into the aggressive crowd. The lawyer Farid Murtazin claims that Savelov suffers from some heart problems and that he needs a medical consultation which is impossible under prison conditions. Artem Savelov’s father offered to put 540 000 roubles as bail.