27 Jul 2019 18:40

Lyubov Sobol fined 30,000 rubles for July 14 unsanctioned rally

MOSCOW. July 27 (Interfax) - The opposition activist Lyubov Sobol, whose bid to stand for Moscow City Duma was rejected, has been fined 30,000 rubles for organizing an unsanctioned rally at Novopushkinsky park on July 14.

Khamovnichesky district court has "found Sobol guilty of the wrongdoing as per Article 20.2 part two of the Code of Administrative Offenses (organization or conduct of a public event without due notification). She is being penalized with an administrative fine of 30,000 rubles," a court official told Interfax on Saturday.

Sobol said on Saturday that the charges related to her meeting in the park on July 14 with voters who responded to her Facebook call for "non-indifferent Muscovites" to come.

"The court rejected all of the defense requests: to familiarize with case files, summon two witnesses, summon the police officers who wrote the report, and request documentation from the 43rd district election commission about my candidate status as of July 14, and other [documents]," Sobol said.

Later today the court will hear another administrative case against Sobol over a failure to obey police orders (Article 19.3 of the Code of Administrative Offenses).