The Investigative Committee has completed its investigation of the criminal case against the former director of Open Russia, Andrei Pivovarov, who is accused of leading the activities of a foreign non-governmental organization recognized as “undesirable” in Russia (Article 284.1 of the Criminal Code). About it it says in the message of the department.
According to the investigation, Pivovarov led this organization from December 2019 to May 2021, and during this period published “information of an agitational nature in support of this organization.”
“At the same time, the person involved was repeatedly brought to administrative responsibility for participation in the activities of a foreign non-governmental organization. In July of this year, he was detained while trying to escape from the preliminary investigation bodies outside the country, ”the UK said in a statement.
The case with an approved indictment will soon be sent to court.
The name of the “undesirable organization” was not indicated in the UK press release.
May 31 Pivovarova removed from the plane that took off from the St. Petersburg airport Pulkovo, and was taken to the FSB office at the airport. In the future, he presented the charge under Art. 284.1 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation – carrying out the activities of an undesirable organization.
Pivovarov, speaking with a speech in court, asked him to choose any measure not related to arrest, since “he himself is interested [в суде] even more than the investigation ”, because he is confident that he will be able to prove his innocence. Pivovarov stressed that the charges against him have nothing to do with the real goals of the court. In his opinion, everything that happens is connected with the desire to limit his political activities before the elections to the State Duma. He also named the wording about the threat to the constitutional order by posting on Facebook is humiliating for the state.
On October 11, Pivovarov was charged with the final version. The term of his arrest was last extended until November 29.