In the city of Kudrovo, Leningrad Region, an unknown person attacked the activists of the Strategy 18 initiative while they were holding a picket in support of the Crimean Tatars. About this the activists themselves told OVD-Info.
According to the publication, Vladimir Shipitsyn, Asan Mumdzhi, Ilya Tkachenko, Tatiana Sichkareva, Ilyas Eshref and Olga Smirnova took turns standing with a poster, and then an unknown person sprayed them with pepper spray. The activists also said that the man called the police and said that the protesters staged a massive picket. The police detained everyone, including the attacker.
“OVD-Info” informs that they are going to draw up a protocol on the activists under the article on violation of the rules for organizing a public event (part 2 of article 20.2 of the Administrative Code). At the same time, the police officers also accepted a statement about the attack.
Strategy 18 activists hold protests in support of the Crimean Tatars in Moscow and St. Petersburg. The name of the indefinite action is associated with the deportation of Tatar families, which began in Crimea on May 18, 1944. In Russia, Crimean Tatars are persecuted mainly in connection with their participation in the activities of the Hizb ut-Tahrir organization, which the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation declared terrorist in 2003. Hizb ut-Tahrir is not banned on the territory of Ukraine and most European countries.