20 Sep 2018 15:15

Navalny activist in Tyumen fined 280,000 rubles

TYUMEN. Sept 20 (Interfax) - The Central District Court of Tyumen has fined a deputy coordinator of opposition leader Alexei Navalny's local headquarters for calling on residents to participate in an unpermitted rally on September 9 against the amendment of Russia's pension system.

"Oleg Korzhanov has been found guilty under Part 8 of Article 20.2 of the Russian Code of Administrative Offences (repeated violation of the rules governing the organization of public events) and fined 280,000 rubles. The police also concluded that if he called for participation in a rally, he was its organizer," a spokesperson for Navalny's headquarters in Tyumen told Interfax on Thursday.

Police detained Korzhanov before the rally started on September 9.

It was reported earlier that the Tyumen city administration had refused to authorize a rally against the plans to increase the retirement age that Navalny's supporters were planning for September 9. Despite this, the procession and the rally took place, and some people were detained.