Sergei L. Loiko
Los Angeles Times
Oct. 8, 2013
For the first time since the collapse of the Soviet Union, a Russian
court on Tuesday ordered an opposition activist to be sent to a mental
institution for compulsory treatment.
Mikhail Kosenko, 38, who spent more than a year in preliminary
detention on charges of taking part in a violent demonstration, was
ordered by the Zamoskvoretsky district court of Moscow to undergo mental
treatment at a prison-like mental institution for an undefined period.
Kosenko, one of a group of 28 opposition activists facing similar
charges, was arrested shortly after an opposition rally near the Kremlin
on May 6, 2012, the day before Vladimir Putin was inaugurated for his
third term as president.