Judge of the Leninsky District Court Anastasia Kursevich ordered to collect 460,000 rubles from supporters of opposition leader Alexei Navalny as compensation for police work at the January 23 protest. About it informs Telegram channel “Omsk Civil Association”.
The defendants in the lawsuit filed by the regional department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in May were Olga Kartavtseva, Daniil Chebykin, Roman King and Vitaly Shipitsin.
The Ministry of Internal Affairs demanded to recover from them more than 450 thousand rubles, which the police allegedly spent additionally on compensation to police officers for work on the day off and on gasoline for official cars. 24 people were detained at the rally on January 23 in Omsk.
In October, the court ordered Daniil Chebykin and another activist, Nikita Konstantinov, RUB 1.6 million in compensation for police work at the January 31 rally. Then Chebykin was considered one of the organizers of the rally in support of Navalny.
Similar decisions were made by courts of other regions. In August, the Penza court exacted from three supporters of Navalny 550 thousand rubles as compensation for the work of employees of the Ministry of Internal Affairs on a day off on January 23 at a protest rally.
The security forces also filed lawsuits against the opposition due to overtime work in Kirovskaya, Novosibirsk, Yaroslavl, Chelyabinsk and Kemerovo regions, as well as in Bashkiria. The Novosibirsk police alone filed two lawsuits totaling more than 5.8 million rubles. Among the nine defendants in these claims were the deputies of the Novosibirsk City Council Sergei Boyko and Anton Kartavin.
On January 23 and 31, as well as on February 2, rallies were held throughout Russia in support of the arrested opposition politician Alexei Navalny. The authorities immediately responded to the protests with massive repression, including searches and mass administrative arrests. In total, more than 11 thousand people were detained in connection with the actions in support of Navalny. In Moscow alone, over 1250 people were subjected to administrative arrest in a month for participating in protests. Also, about 90 criminal cases were initiated: about attacks on security officials, hooliganism, damage to property, blocking roads, violation of sanitary and epidemiological rules and involvement of minors in illegal actions.
In June, the Moscow City Court recognized the Anti-Corruption Foundation (FBK), the Foundation for the Protection of Citizens’ Rights and the headquarters of Alexei Navalny as extremist organizations. A law was also passed prohibiting those involved in the work of extremist organizations from participating in elections.