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Mitrokhin released without charges, other activists will stand before court

Press Release

May 22, 2012

The police released YABLOKO leader Sergei Mitrokhin without any charge. However, other YABLOKO activists detained by the State Duma will have to stand before court for participation in an unsanctioned picket.

Sergei Mitrokhin and members of the Youth YABLOKO (Kirill Goncharov, Natalia Zabolotnikova and Sophia Rusova) and two civil activists were detained during the walking protests by the State Duma which planned to toughen penalties for violations at the rallies.

The action took place in the format of pre-campaign rally before the May 27, devoted to the same topic. Under the law, "public event organizer has the right to pre-campaign in support of public events through the media, through the distribution of leaflets, making posters, banners and slogans."

All the detainees were holding banners and distributing leaflets running A ban on rallies is a path to a revolution. Each banner also contained an explanation that it was an announcement for a YABLOKOs rally coordinated with the Moscow government and scheduled on May 27. Russian law envisages such propaganda.

All the detainees were transported to the police department and all of them but for Sergei Mitrokhin were charged with violation of the established order or organization of a rally. The policemen did not set any charges against Mitrokhin referring to some order.

The activists will stand before court on May 30. Their cases will be examined by a judge notoriously famous for her tough sentences to opposition activists.

See also:

Sergei Mitrokhin and activists detained at the "walking protests" by the State Duma
Press Release, May 22, 2012.

Youth YABLOKO to picket the State Duma protesting against raising of fines for rallies
Press Release, May 17, 2012.

Yavlinsky called on the "walking protestors" in St. Petersburg to set political goals. Interfax. May 15, 2012

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