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YABLOKO conducted a picket in support of deputy of the Tula City Duma

Press Release
September 7, 2010

YABLOKO conducted a picket by representation of the Tula region in Moscow in support of deputy of the Tula City Duma from the YABLOKO party Vladimir Timakov.

A criminal case was filed against Timakov for his criticism of the Governor of the Tula region Vyacheslav Dudka (The Governor is responsible for the rise of corruption in the region). It should be noted that, in accordance with Russian law, libel cases may be filed either within the criminal or the civil process. However, all the recent cases against journalists or dissenting people who dared to criticize the officials were raised within criminal process.

YABLOKOs activists decided to make laugh of the Governor playing the meaning of name (dudka means a fife or a pipe in Russian, also dance after a pipe is often used). Under the sounds of the pipes the activists hung placards on the door of the Tula region representation Corrupt officials and not fighters against corruption should be taken to trial, Tula Court, stop dancing under the Governors pipe, Dudka, engage in the housing and utilities sector problems and not in trials with Timakov. In addition, the activists presented the Governor with a symbolic present a vuvuzela. However, none of the staff of the representation came to take the present.

Vladimir Timakov is the only politician in the Tula region who dared to criticize the Governor. Timakov laid the blame for record high corruption in the region on Governor Dudka.

Timakov was already found guilty in two civil trials. He was also fined RUR 1.5 mln (approx. USD 500,000) for the moral damage to the Governor. The possessions in the flat where Timakovs family lives (he has several children) is sequestered for the debt. The list of such property includes a fridge, a washing machine, books, icons, childrens furniture. Timakov also faces up to three years of imprisonment.

 

Sergei Mitrokhin by the representation of th Tula region with a placard Corrupt officials and not Timakov should be taken to trial

Corrupt officials and not Timakov should be taken to trial

Corrupt officials and not fighters against corruption should be taken to trial

Dudka, engage in the housing and utilities sector problems and not in trials with Timakov

Corrupt officials and not Timakov should be taken to trial"Hands Off From Timakov!", Corrupt officials and not fighters against corruption should be taken to trial

Corrupt officials and not Timakov should be taken to trial"Hands Off From Timakov!", Corrupt officials and not fighters against corruption should be taken to trial

Dudka, engage in the housing and utilities sector problems and not in trials with Timakov, Hands Off From Timakov!"

 


See also:

Tula City Duma deputy persecuted for his criticism of the Governors work. Statement by the Tula branch of YABLOKO. July 15, 2010

Freedom of Speech

Human Rights

 

 

 



Press Release
September 7, 2010