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YABLOKOs picket: Heads of the Khimki police to trial!

Press Release
August 3, 2010

On August 3 YABLOKO conducted picketing by the Criminal Police Department of the Moscow Region protesting against arbitrary rule of the Khimki police under the slogan Heads of the Khimki police to trial! The participants of the picket demanded to bring to justice the policemen who had participated in persecutions against the defenders of the Khimki Forest. Leader of Khimiki ecologists Yevgenia Chirikova came to support the picketers.


YABLOKOs activists held slogans Heads of the Khimki police to trial!, Put an end to arbitrary rule by the Khimki police!, Away with arbitrary rule of the Khimki police!

We have such a situation in Khimki that the smallest gathering of people is prohibited and dispersed, while the efficiency of the police work from the point of view of the law and the citizens has been falling towards zero, YABLOKOs leader Sergei Mitrokhin told in his speech at the picket. According to Mitrokhin, an attack against journalist Mikhail Beketov is still uninvestigated (editor-in-chief of and independent Khimki Pravda paper defending the Khimki Forest who was beaten virtually to death and left to die. To-date Beketov is handicapped), and none of the policemen dared to opposed the attack of hooligans against the Khimki administration. The Khimki police is not simply exercising arbitrary rule, it is even dangerous for the society, Mitrokhin added.

Leader of Khimiki ecologists Yevgenia Chirikova jolined the picket. Due to faked accusations Chirikova and a number of her colleagues have to hide as they and their relatives are persecuted by police.

Now we have a so-called mini-Stalinism in Khimki: they can detain a person on the street under faked pretexts and get him imprisoned. We had this in our history only in Stalins period, the ecologist said. She also said that the ecologists were not protesting against construction of a highway in general, We only want the highway to change its route and go past the forest. This is especially important, she added, when we have such extremely hot summer and many forests are on fire. We should preserve every tree, Chirikiva said.

The local authorities gave a permission for a picket of five persons only. So all the other participants had to stand at some distance so that not to provoke more detentions.

 

See also:

Court ruled out Sergei Mitrokhin guilty of disobeying police orders. YABLOKOs protest action. Press Release. July 3, 2010.

The riot police breaks the rally of the defenders of the Khimki Forest, YABLOKOs leader detained. Press Release. August 2, 2010

More activists detained in the Khimki Forest. Press Release. July 31, 2010.

Police begins persecutions against the defenders of the Khimki Forest. Press Release. July 30, 2010.

Sergei Mitrokhin applied to Prime Minister Putin and Public Prosecutor General Chaika in view of unlawful cutting of the Khimki Forest. Press Release. July 30, 2010.

Police breaks into ecologists camp. Press Release. July 28, 2010

Off with your hands from the defenders of the Khimki Forest! Statement by the YABLOKO party. July 23, 2010

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Press Release
August 3, 2010