Police officers, including those from the Anti-Extremism Department, visit the houses of Samara activists who have filed a class action lawsuit against QR codes. About it informs OVD-Info. Also information about the visits of security officials posted in the public “# Unmasked” in the social network “VKontakte”.
The police came, in particular, to the representative of the “Independent Association of Physicians” Alina Lushavina, the physician Irina Lavrova, and civil activist Svetlana Belova. One local resident said that the security forces were guarding her at the door of the apartment when the activist returned with groceries from the store, preparing for the New Year’s celebration. The security forces demanded that she go with them to the police department, allegedly to check information about an administrative offense. According to them, the activist, when filing a lawsuit against QR codes, was in court without a mask. However, a local resident who opposes coronavirus restrictions says that she was not in court at all: at that moment she was at home.
Interior Ministry officials threatened that refusal to go with them would be considered “police resistance.” The siloviki left only after the activist contacted her lawyer and he confirmed that the actions of the police were illegal. Ten minutes later, the Ministry of Internal Affairs officers again began knocking on the door of the apartment of a resident of Samara to question whether she was “at home” when the lawsuit was filed.
On December 29, residents of the Samara region filed a lawsuit with the regional court demanding the cancellation of the decision of the governor of the region, Dmitry Azarov, on the introduction of QR codes and the mandatory wearing of masks. Several expert opinions of doctors and scientists were attached to the claim. Court officials, referring to the pandemic, suggested throwing the documents brought by the activists into the box. But in the end, the office “had to select a person and take the documents from the plaintiffs as expected.”
Initially, more than 20 people acted as plaintiffs, but after reports in the media about filing a lawsuit, more and more people join him.
In mid-November, the federal government submitted two bills to the State Duma, which provide for access to public places and transport using QR codes. These restrictions caused discontent even among the most loyal citizens. Regional authorities began to actively use the QR code system to control the movement of people. So, since November 22, Tatarstan has been banned from using public transport without a QR code confirming a vaccination against coronavirus or a disease that has been transferred over the past 6 months. After the introduction of these rules, the passenger traffic in Kazan decreased by about 30%.
On the first morning of the action of restrictions from public transport in the capital of Tatarstan dropped off more than 500 people. Due to the reaction of passengers and conflict situations in the city, traffic interruptions arose.
Protests were held in a number of Russian cities. They also recorded video messages to Vladimir Putin demanding to abandon the QR code system. Some actions ended with the detention of their participants.
Attempts to convey to officials the demands to cancel QR codes lead to the initiation of not only administrative but also criminal cases. So, in Vologda attracted a 46-year-old resident of Cherepovets who, in the regional legislative assembly, sprayed dichlorvos in the direction of the police and the National Guard officers, was brought to justice.
Fearing an increase in discontent, the bill to introduce QR codes in transport was decided to remove from consideration in the State Duma.