Ex Chair of the Sverdlovsk branch of YABLOKO Maxim Petlin was denied parole
The Verkh-Isetsky district court of Ekaterinburg denied parole to Ex Chair of the Sverdlovsk branch of YABLOKO Maxim Petlin. The reasons for the denial were not announced. Petlin can appeal against the decision within 10 days.
On March 21, 2013, the Sverdlovsk Region Court sentenced the leader of the Sverdlovsk Region branch of YABLOKO and Yekaterinburg City Duma deputy Maxim Petlin to three years of imprisonment. He was accused for allegedly demanding from the Forum Group developing company 3,000,000 rubles so that to end protests against cutting the park and building a shopping center on its place.
YABLOKO claims the case is fabricated and the persecution of Maxim Petlin is politically motivated. Activities targeted at exposing corruption launched his prosecution.
Due to Petlin’s opposition activities the Sverdlovsk Region Court allowed to the Federal Security Service to listen to his talks, read his correspondence and put him on surveillance.