May 24, 2018 17:40
Navalny foundation lawyer Zhdanov detained for organizing unpermitted rally on May 5
MOSCOW. May 24 (Interfax) - Ivan Zhdanov, a lawyer working for Alexei Navalny's Anti-Corruption Foundation, has been detained for organizing an unauthorized opposition rally on May 5, Leonid Volkov, the head of Navalny's headquarters, said.
"Ivan Zhdanov was just detained while leaving the office. The very same Article 20.2 [of the Russian Administrative Offense Code], they found another 'organizer of a rally via a retweet,'" he wrote on Twitter.
Zhdanov is facing ten-day administrative arrest for violating the established procedure for organizing or holding an assembly, rally, demonstration, procession, or picket.
On Wednesday, Moscow's Tverskoi District Court found Navalny's spokesperson Kira Yarmysh guilty of a repeat violation of the procedure for organizing a public event and sentenced her to 25 days of administrative arrest.
In Mid-April, Navalny's supporters notified the Moscow mayor's office about holding a mass event dubbed "For the Right to Be a Citizen" to include a procession along Tverskaya Street and a rally on Manezhnaya Square on May 5.
In response, the authorities suggested a number of alternative routes in various Moscow districts, saying that the center needed to be prepped for the Victory Parade and other celebratory events.
Navalny and rally organizers were not satisfied with any of suggested venues and urged their supporters on social networks to gather on Pushkinskaya Square on May 5.
According to police, about 1,500 people, many of whom shouted slogans opposing the incumbent authorities and displayed banners, gathered on Tverskaya in the afternoon on May 5, despite Moscow prosecutors' warning about participating in unauthorized rallies.
After repeatedly demanding that participants in the rally disperse, police began detaining them. According to official reports, 300 people were detained. The opposition said that over 500 were detained.
Navalny was detained on Pushkinskaya Square. Two administrative protocols, one on a repeat violation of the procedure for organizing a public event and the other on resisting police, were filed against him. On May 15, the Tverskoi District Court found him guilty and sentenced him to 30 and 15 days of arrest for the two charges. The terms are not cumulative, so Navalny will spend 30 days in custody.
mg mc kl
(Our editorial staff can be reached at email@example.com)
March 26, 2019
Putin meets with young culture award winners
Criminal case opened against Abyzov on suspicion of embezzling, moving abroad 4 bln rubles -Investigative Committee
Operatives lured Abyzov to Russia, detained him - source
Abyzov could face up to 20 in prison for setting up criminal gang
Russian specialists are in Venezuela in line with inter-govt military-technical cooperation agreement - Russian Foreign Ministry
Main indexes of the Russia stock market for March 26
ABYZOV COULD BE CHARGED WITH MORE COUNTS OF FRAUD - SOURCE
EX-OPEN GOVT MINISTER ABYZOV DETAINED, RESTRAINING MEASURE TO BE DETERMINED AFTER QUESTIONING - SOURCES
Abyzov, suspected accomplices under investigation - Russian Investigative Committee
Aggregated results for trading of shares in Moscow Exchange
Results of Interregional Trading for OFZ & OBR
Capitalization of Russian stock market increases 0,59% on Tuesday
Russian stock market posts gains, MOEX holds above 2500 on higher oil, weaker ruble
Mixed day for Russian Eurobonds in thin trading