20 Dec 2019 18:48

Moscow court arrests Greta Thunberg supporter for six days for picketing rules violation

MOSCOW. Dec 20 (Interfax) - Moscow's Meshchansky District Court on Friday placed an activist with Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg's FridaysForFuture movement under arrest for six days, having convicted him of violating picketing rules, court spokesperson Yulia Kotomina told Interfax.

"Arshak Makichyan has been found guilty of an offence described in Part 2 of Article 20.2 of the Administrative Offenses Code of the Russian Federation (violation of rules regulating picketing without submitting a notification about it under due procedure). The court has ruled on a penalty for him in the form of administrative arrest for six days," Kotomina said.

An administrative offence protocol was filed on Makichyan after he took to the streets to picket on October 25, the Russian branch of Greenpeace told Interfax.

The offender would "go out weekly for Friday climate protests during the 40 weeks since March in a bid to draw the attention of the public and authorities to the climate crisis," Greenpeace said.