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YABLOKOs rally in Aksay conducted despite counteraction of the authorities

Press Release
July 8, 2011

YABLOKOs rally in Aksay, the Rostov region, was conducted despite counteraction of the authorities.

Before the action the police notified the organizers of the rally about administrations ban on the rally, the police told that all the participants would be detained. This is completely unlawful. The Adminstration has no right to ban the rally. The authorities can only offer a different place for conducting the action, YABLOKOs leader Sergei Mitrokhin said.

Also someone threw leaflets that people are prohibited to come to the park where the rally had to due to sanitary measures against insects and hazardous effect of this pharmaceuticals on people. This was done in the morning on the threashold of the rally. In spite f all of this the rally gathered about 100 people.

The rally was held on the day of one year anniversary since the murder of Dmitry Chudakov, chief of the Nizhny Novgorod special police forces and his family, including his child. However, instead of a proper investigation of this terrible murder a resident of the Rostov region Alexei Serenko was appointed to be the murderer. YABLOKOs activists decided to hold a rally in Aksai "For honest justice", demanding a new investigation and capture the real killers.

However, the rally was held without any arrests. The participants expressed their protest against this fabricated criminal case. Leader of the Rostov branch of YABLOKO Alexander Shcherbakov said that the struggle would continue. "It's a shame for the government that the people who have to protect us from criminals, have turned into an instrument in the hands of criminals. It is necessary to join our efforts in fight against lawlessness and arbitrary rule, because this can affect everyone," Sergei Mitrokhin said at the rally.

He also called the citizens to support the family of Alexei Serenko. Then the participants of the rally came to place of murder of the Chudakovs, where they paid tribute to their memory with minutes silence, laid flowers and lit candles.

See also:

Freedom of Assembly

Human Rights


Press Release
July 8, 2011

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