Opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who is in the colony, asked to divide the Boris Nemtsov prize intended for him between the families of four political prisoners. Each of them will receive 2.5 thousand euros, reported on Navalny’s Instagram.
“This is a great honor, and I feel that it is somehow strange and impossible to just take and spend money on yourself and your family,” says Alexei Navalny’s message. “That is why I asked Zhanna Nemtsova to divide this money into equal 4 parts, 2.5 thousand each and give it to the families of those who are now worse off than me.”
The funds will be sent to relatives of political prisoners Pavel Zelensky, Andrei Borovikov and defendants in the “Rostov case” Yan Sidorov and Vladislav Mordasov.
In February, the Boris Nemtsov Foundation awarded Alexei Navalny a prize “for his courage in upholding democratic values in Russia.”
Pavel Zelensky worked as an operator of the Anti-Corruption Fund before his arrest. He was sentenced to two years in prison for two critical tweets about the actions of the authorities after the death of Nizhny Novgorod journalist Irina Slavina.
Andrey Borovikov is the ex-coordinator of Navalny’s headquarters in Arkhangelsk and one of the participants in the protest against the landfill in Shies. He was sentenced to two and a half years for publishing the official video of the rock band Rammstein on the VKontakte social network seven years ago. The court found pornography in the clip. In July, the term of imprisonment was cut for three months.
Sidorov and Mordasov on November 5, 2017, took to the square near the building of the government of the Rostov region. They had two posters in their hands. On one was written “Return the land to the Rostov victims of fire”, on the other – “Government to resign.” The basis for the initiation of the case was an anonymous denunciation of the impending riots and a Telegram chat “Revolution 5.11.17 Rostov-on-Don.” According to the prosecution, the defendants allegedly “intended to commit provocations against representatives of law enforcement agencies.”
The defendants at the trial repeatedly reported torture. Most of the prosecution’s witnesses retracted their testimonies during the preliminary investigation. In October 2019, Vladislav Mordasov was tried appointed six years and seven months in a strict regime colony, and Yan Sidorov – six years and six months in a strict regime.
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