Moscow City Court Chief Judge Olga Yegorova sharply criticized the Moscow police for its conduct during opposition demonstrations. In 2009 more than 160 demonstrations banned by city authorities took place in Moscow. About 1,800 participants were briefly detained by the police and most of them administratively prosecuted, which created a heavy workload for judges. Yegorova complained that the police “seize everybody” (instead of the organizers) and then “in court nobody can explain anything.” As a result, most cases are returned by the courts to the police "for further examination" and ultimately abandoned. “And this circus show is continuing for years,” the judge pointed out.