Maxim Petlin, Chair of YABLOKO’s branch in Ekaterinburg, is granted bail
Press Release, March 16, 2012
Judicial Board on Criminal Cases of the Sverdlovsk Regional Court refused to extend arrest for Maxim Petlin, leader of Ekaterinburg YABLOKO, and granted him bail amounting to 5 million roubles. Petlin will come out of prison after the bail will be at the account of the Investigation Committee of the Russian Federation in the Sverdlovsk region.
Maxim Petlin took an active part in the fight against illegal construction of a recreational centre in the place where a city park was. The fight between YABLOKO and civil activists with the developer – Forum Group – had loud public resonance. Maxim Petlin was the victim of a provocation on the part of the Forum Group and was accused of extorting bribes.
After a criminal case was filed against Petlin, the court recognized such allocation of land plot under construction unlawful. In late August 2011, the court ruled out that Maxim Petlin should be take into custody.