The Tutaevsky city court of the Yaroslavl region ordered the former coordinator of the local headquarters of Navalny, Alexander Smirnov, to pay 448,810 rubles for police work at the protest on January 31, informs “Apology of Protest”.
“The police through the court compensated for the costs of leaving employees to work – 387,868 rubles and the cost of fuel for official cars – 60,942 rubles”, – clarify the human rights activists. The court decision will be appealed.
Initially, the department demanded to collect 646 644 rubles, but then reduced this amount. The security forces filed lawsuits against the opposition because of overtime work in other regions, for example, in Penza, Kirov, Chelyabinsk, Omsk and Kemerovo areas.
In June, the Moscow City Court recognized the Anti-Corruption Foundation (FBK), the Foundation for the Protection of Citizens’ Rights and the headquarters of Alexei Navalny as extremist organizations. A law was also passed prohibiting those involved in the work of extremist organizations from participating in elections.
On January 23 and 31, as well as on February 2, rallies were held throughout Russia in support of the arrested opposition politician Alexei Navalny. The authorities immediately responded to the protests with open and widespread repression, including searches and mass administrative arrests. In total, more than 11 thousand people were detained in connection with the actions in support of Navalny. In Moscow alone, over 1250 people were subjected to administrative arrest in a month for taking part in protests. Also, about 90 criminal cases were initiated: about attacks on security officials, hooliganism, damage to property, blocking roads, violation of sanitary and epidemiological rules and involvement of minors in illegal actions.