21 Jan 2019 12:23

Case involving operation of undesirable organization opened against Open Russia member - movement

MOSCOW. Jan 21 (Interfax) - The searches of the residences of Open Russia activists in Kazan and Rostov-on-Don are connected to a criminal case over the operation of an undesirable organization opened against Anastasia Shevchenko, a member of Open Russia's federal council, the movement's press service said.

"The reason for the searches is the criminal case opened against Anastasia Shevchenko, a member of the federal council of the movement from Rostov, based on Article 284.1 of the Criminal Code (operation of an organization recognized as undesirable in Russian territory)," the press service said.

This was the first case opened against Open Russia under that article, the movement said.

Alexei Pryanishnikov, Open Russia's rights defense coordinator, told Interfax earlier on Monday that the residences of members of the organization in Rostov-on-Don and Kazan were being searched.