The Central District Court of Kaliningrad refused to arrest activist Yevgenia Fedulova, accused under the “Dadinskaya” article, informs correspondent of “Sever.Realii” from the courtroom. The prosecution petitioned for Fedulova’s detention until September 18, due to the fact that she could allegedly hide from the investigation and trial. However, information that Fedulova tried to leave the country was not presented to the court, the judge said.
The case is political, contains an accusation of committing a crime of average gravity, and there are no grounds for detention, said the detainee’s lawyer Maria Bonzler. “The court did not begin to arrest Fedulova, denying the request to the investigator. She was released in the courtroom. Now the investigator will take her recognizance not to leave, ”she added.
“The investigator claims that they took me almost at the border,” explained Evgenia Fedulova. – But this is a misrepresentation of facts: I was detained at the building of the Consulate General of Poland. On that day, the consul invited me for a conversation in order to make a decision on issuing me a visa. I had an appointment. And I didn’t know about the initiation of a criminal case against me ”.
On Thursday, Yevgenia Fedulova was detained in the street and taken to the Investigative Committee. Together with her, activist Anastasia Nekhaeva was taken there, who testified in the case as a witness. Fedulova was sent to a temporary detention center pending trial.
In June, Kaliningrad activists Yevgenia Fedulova and Vadim Khairullin began to be tested under Article 212.1, known as “Dadinskaya,” for repeated violations of the organization of a meeting or rally. According to Khairullin, the investigator voiced him four episodes due to which the case was initiated: a single picket and participation in three rallies in support of Navalny in winter and April 21. The activist himself did not rule out that the case could be initiated in connection with his one-off pickets, which he went to with a poster “Smile if Putin is tired”, as well as with Fedulova’s poster “Whose tea, Vova?”
Yevgeny Fedulova, after taking part in the action on January 23 in support of Alexei Navalny, received 6 days of arrest, Khairullin was then fined. During the January 31 rally, Vadim Khairullin was arrested for several days for allegedly organizing a protest.
Article 212.1 (repeated violation of the established procedure for organizing or holding an assembly, meeting, demonstration, procession or picketing) The Criminal Code of the Russian Federation is called “Dadinskaya” by the name of Ildar Dadin, the first person sentenced under it to real imprisonment. The Constitutional Court has twice studied this article and its application and recommended to legislators to amend it so that it is interpreted more unambiguously in practice and that responsibility under it comes only in cases where violations have caused real damage to citizens, public safety and constitutionally protected values.
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