Violating health regulations or inciting the participation of minors, among the crimes charged to opponents


The Russian security forces have detained in the last hours several people around the opposition leader Alexei Navalni, in the framework of a repression that seems to intensify in the face of the day of mobilizations that he has called on Sunday the opposition in all the country’s cities.

Among those detained are the leader’s brother, Oleg Navalni, as well as activists Liubov Sobol and Anastasia Vasilieva, for whom a detention of at least 48 hours, reported the director of the Anticorruption Foundation, Ivan Zhdanov, reports the Bloomberg agency.

The Ministry of the Interior has confirmed the arrests, as well as that of Maria Alyokhina – -Member of the Pussy Riot group-, but he has defended that all are justified. In the case of Vasilyeva, president of a medical union, she is accused of violating the health standards established by the pandemic, according to a ministerial spokeswoman quoted by the TASS agency.

The Government attributes similar crimes to others of those arrested and maintains that the Moscow demonstration was attended by people who had tested positive for coronavirus and, therefore, had to remain in isolation at their homes.

The authorities have also opened a criminal case against one of Navalni’s main partners, Leonid Volkov, for understanding that he encouraged the participation of minors in the protests of the past 23 in January, which were not authorized, according to the Investigation Committee.

“As always, black is white, freedom is slavery and two times two equals five,” Volkov lamented on his Twitter account, from where he denied that he encouraged children to participate in some demonstrations that gathered tens of thousands of people Nas in major cities in Russia, Bloomberg reports. More than 3. 700 people were arrested then.


Navalni was arrested on 17 of January, shortly after landing in Moscow after spending several months convalescing in Berlin. The opponent, one of the voices most critical of the president, Vladimir Putin, was urgently evacuated to Germany on 22 August, two days after suffering a poisoning that Moscow has never recognized.

A court plans to examine the appeal presented by its lawyers against the detention, initially issued for a period of 30 days and based, according to the authorities, on the fact that he had violated the terms of a sentence previously imposed against him.

His environment aspires to mobilize the opposition again on Sunday, with a new day of mobilizations that comes preceded by warnings from the Prosecutor’s Office and the Government. Putin himself pointed out this week that going to unauthorized protests could be “dangerous.”

The Kremlin spokesman, Dimitri Peskov, has uploaded this Thursday again as social networks, which he has criticized that serve as a loudspeaker for “illegal actions”. The organism that regulates telecommunications announced on Wednesday sanctions against the main companies for inciting the participation of minors in the marches.

Peskov has also spoken about the possibility that there may be counter-demonstrations in favor of Putin, although he has said not to have evidence. “I don’t know anything about this. I have no information,” he told the media, according to the Sputnik agency.

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