Galina Yurina, a confidant of former presidential candidate Andrei Sannikov, called the verdict Dmitry Bondarenko, who was sentenced today to two years colony, "absurd":
"The fact that people are given the legal terms for the events at the Plaza, it's just absurd. We all went there, not for any disorder. We came to celebrate. We knew exactly what our candidate goes into the second round. Both were confident that the authorities padtasuyuts election results.
Going out to the square to celebrate the victory, or at least find out the real results of the election — a practice exists in every civilized country. And about any riots, and a fortiori about their planning, there was not even a question. "