29 Jul 2019 17:49

Court arrests two more opposition activists for organizing unsanctioned rally in Moscow

MOSCOW. July 29 (Interfax) - Moscow's Zyuzinsky District Court and Savyolovsky District Court on Monday found opposition activists Konstantin Yankauskas and Alexander Solovyov, who had been denied registration as candidates in the Moscow City Duma elections, guilty of organizing an unauthorized rally on July 27.

Both opposition activists were "found guilty under the Russian Administrative Offence Code article on organizing or holding a public event without submitting a notification for holding it in accordance with the established procedure," the courts told Interfax.

The Zyuzinsky District Court ruled to sentence Yankauskas to an administrative arrest of seven days. The Savyolovsky District Court sanctioned Solovyov's administrative arrest for eight days.

Ilya Yashin was earlier given a ten-day administrative arrest for organizing the unsanctioned event and calling for participation in it.

The opposition held an unauthorized rally in central Moscow on Saturday, July 27. According to the Interior Ministry, over a thousand people were detained for various offences. Russian Presidential Human Rights Council Chairman Mikhail Fedotov told Interfax that some of the detentions during the rally were unfounded.