Maksim Reznik, a member of the city’s Legislative Assembly, who is under house arrest on a drug case, announced his refusal to run for the city parliament. reported in his Telegram channel.
According to Reznik, the investigator twice denied him a visit to a notary, which is needed to register for the elections.
“Brazenly violating the ruling of the Constitutional Court and my right to be elected, the punishers leave me no chance to start collecting signatures in support of self-nomination,” he explained.
Reznik also added that the obstacles created by representatives of the Investigative Committee are related to the desire of the Governor of St. Petersburg, Alexander Beglov, to prevent him from participating in the election campaign.
“The criminal case and the arrest the day after the elections are called speak for themselves. And the appointment of an appeal the next day after the deadline for submitting documents for nomination as a candidate leaves no doubt, “Reznik emphasized.
In addition, Reznik noted that there are things “more important than the mandate – the ability to remain oneself, not to change beliefs and not to be cowardly.”
“Cowards do not tolerate criticism, do not tolerate disagreement, and since they cannot win in an honest way, they resort to repression,” Reznik said.
The deputy also promised to transfer the money collected for the campaign to the human rights organizations OVD-Info and Apology of Protest.
Reznik was elected to the Legislative Assembly of St. Petersburg in 2011 and 2016: first from the Yabloko party, then from the Rosta Party.
On June 18, the October Court of St. Petersburg sent Reznik to house arrest until August 16 on charges of buying marijuana without the purpose of selling it. Reznik was charged during the investigation of the case against his distant relative Ivan Dorofeev, who was accused of attempted illegal production, sale and transfer of drugs.
At the end of March, Reznik called on questioning in this case, he was in the status of a witness. Formerly a lawyer for Reznik toldthat Ivan Dorofeev, who is in jail, is forced to testify against him.
On March 9, Reznik went to visit a relative and on the way out met with the security forces. During the search, the police found several bushes of a plant that looked like hemp in the apartment.
In the video, which was later published in the media close to Yevgeny Prigozhin, Dorofeev after the search says that Reznik brought him two jars of gum. The Ministry of Internal Affairs stated that there were drugs in the banks, and sent materials mentioning Reznik to the Investigative Committee to initiate a second criminal case.
June 17 at Reznik passed searches. The security officials came to the deputy’s apartment, to his mother’s apartment and to the dacha.
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