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Sergei Mitrokhin and activists detained at the walking protests by the State Duma

Press Release

May 22, 2012



Several YABLOKO activists were detained by police during walking protests conducted by YABLOKO by the State Duma this morning. The police detained YABLOKO Chairman Sergei Mitrokhin and Kirill Gontcharov, leader of the Youth Yabloko, and three other activists of the party.

All the detainees were holding banners 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.

Sergei Mitrokhin called the police actions be absolute lawlessness, as the activists were detained at a legal action which did not require a special approval. "The police actions have proved once again how dangerous the adoption of the amendments [on raising fines of rallies] are to all of us, Mitrokhin said. He noted that the parliament wanted to set impossibly high fines for violations at the rallies which would deprive people of an opportunity to peacefully express their views. "This may push people to an armed rebellion, he said.

The action involved a few dozens of people.

On May 27 party YABLOKO will hold a rally against tougher penalties for violations at public events under the slogan "No to repressive amendments to the law on rallies". The action has got a permission from the Moscow authorities.


See also:

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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