Young YABLOKO activists hang a large banner “Freedom to
Political Prisoners – Gazaryan, Vitishko, Achilov and Shevchenko!”
(8 x 5 meters) opposite of the Kremlin.
The banner hang on the bridge by the Kremlin for about 15
minutes. Then the police took it off.
YABLOKO’s activists Kirill Gontcharov, Vadim VAshenko, Andrei
Lazarev and Andrei Nistratov were detained and taken to the
local police department. Also the police detained a photographer
from the oppositional Novaya Gazeta paper. The activists were
released from the police three hours later and will be summoned
to court soon.
The action was held in support of YABLOKO’s activists and
ecologists who had been inspecting the public territory fenced
under the cottage of Alexander Tkachyov, Governor of the Krasnodar
Area. They found out that the cottage was built unlawfully
on the lands of the forestry fund of Russia. The activists
were arrested and sentenced to 5 and 10 days of imprisonment.
The imprisoned activists announced a hunger strike protesting
against the conditions in the prison (anti-sanitary dark cells,
ban on the use of telephones and walks in the prison yard).
activists get imprisonment verdicts, Press Release, February
demands from the Interior Minister to investigate the circumstances
of the arrest of ecologists by Governor’s dacha. Press Release,
March 4, 2011.
Oligarch Buys 'Putin' Palace . The Moscow Times, March 4,