The Central District Court of Kemerovo refused to pay 750,000 rubles in compensation to the regional department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs for the work of the security forces at actions in support of Alexei Navalny on January 23 and 31, informs Apology project.
The security forces wanted to recover this amount from the protester Yelyzaveta Slavinskaya and the former coordinator of the local headquarters of Navalny Stanislav Kalinichenko, claiming that they had to work overtime and spend money on gasoline.
Earlier, a court in Kemerovo, in a similar situation, ruled in favor of the security forces and ruled to recover 693,217.79 rubles from the activists.
Also, a court in Omsk ruled to recover 460,000 rubles from supporters of opposition leader Alexei Navalny as compensation for police work at the January 23 protests.
Similar decisions were taken by the 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.
The security forces also filed lawsuits against the opposition because of overtime work in Kirovskaya, Novosibirsk, Yaroslavl, Chelyabinsk and Kemerovo regions, as well as in Bashkiria. Only the Novosibirsk police filed two lawsuits totaling more than 5.8 million rubles. Among the nine defendants in these lawsuits were the deputies of the city council of Novosibirsk Sergey 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 large-scale repression, including searches, mass administrative arrests. In total, more than 11 thousand people were detained in connection with actions in support of Navalny. In Moscow alone, more than 1,250 people were subject to administrative arrest in a month for taking part in the protests. Also, about 90 criminal cases were initiated: on attacks on security forces, hooliganism, damage to property, road closures, violation of sanitary and epidemiological rules and involvement of minors in illegal actions.
In June, the Moscow City Court recognized the Anti-Corruption Fund (FBK), the Fund 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.