YABLOKO is now picketing Public Prosecutor General's office
in Moscow (at the address Bolshaya Dmitrovka, 15a) demanding
to release 26 year-old Vladimir Volkov, activist of the Penza
branch of the party, detained for 48 hours on suspicion of
an arson of United Russia’s office in Penza.
Youth YABLOKO activists hold a placard “Free activist of
the Penza branch of YABLOKO Vladimir Volkov”. The police have
been checking the activists’ documents, however, have not
obstructed the picket yet.
The action will be held until 6 p.m.
Right after an arson of the Penza regional branch of the
United Russia party on November 8, flats of seven YABLOKO’s
activists, Vladimir Volkov’s inclusive, were searched by the
police. Notebooks, party and publicistic materials, other
things having no relation to the arson were confiscated by
the police. Yesterday early in the morning Volkov was taken
to the police for interrogation. Later the police stated that
Volkov would be detained for 48 hours on suspicion of the
Yesterday YABLOKO once again stated that party members could
not put United Russia’s office on fire. “We always observe
Russian laws in our performance and use only legal methods
of political fight, runs the statement by the party leader
Sergei Mitrokhin. – We assess violence by the law enforcement
bodies against our activists as the beginning of a mass-scale
campaign of political reprisals.”
Sergei Mitrokhin demanded from Public Prosecutor General
and the Interior Ministry to “interfere into the situation
and facilitate immediate release of Vladimir Volkov.” “It
is necessary to stop reprisals of the activists and begin
investigation of unlawful actions of the interior with filing
criminal cases on the policemen who took part in such actions,”
runs the document.
YABLOKO’s activist detained
for 48 hours on suspicion of arson of the United Russia office
in Penza . Press Release. November 17, 2009.
On provocation of
the United Russia against YABLOKO’s activists. Statement of
the Russian United Democratic Party YABLOKO. November 12,
YABLOKO Against Extremism