In Rostov-on-Don, a court arrested activist Bella Nasibyan for five days because of a photo published on Instagram with a poster of the Smart Voting project, writes Russian service of the BBC.
The photo, which Nasibyan posted in the story, showed a poster of the candidate for State Duma deputy Alexander Ryabchuk, in whose election campaign the activist participates, as well as other leaflets and posters, among which was a poster with “Smart Vote”.
Nasibyan was found guilty of propaganda of extremist symbols (part 1 of article 20.3 of the Administrative Code of the Russian Federation). The protocol noted that “Smart Voting” is a project of the Anti-Corruption Foundation (FBK), whose activities in June this year were banned on the territory of the Russian Federation.
As reported by “BBC”, Nasibyan was detained at the kindergarten, where she was taking a three-year-old child. The activist was arrested, despite the fact that, according to the law, the security forces are prohibited from applying a measure in the form of administrative arrest to mothers of minor children. The Rostov court referred to the fact that it did not find information about the child in the activist’s passport. Nasibyan’s lawyer stressed that her relatives were ready to bring a birth certificate to the hearing, but the judge refused to wait for them.
June 9, 2021 Moscow City Court admitted FBK is an extremist organization. Now the activities of the foundation are officially banned, and its members and even just supporters, according to the new law, will not be able to be elected to the legislative bodies of all levels for several years. Previously, FBK was recognized as an organization performing the role of a foreign agent.
On September 1, it became known that FBK had ceased to exist as a legal entity.
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