23 Jul 2018 13:41

Rights activist Ponomaryov reports his detention

MOSCOW. July 23 (Interfax) - Lev Ponomaryov, the leader of the movement For Human Rights, said he was detained during a one-man picket in central Moscow.

"I was conducting a one-man picket near the building of the Prosecutor General's Office on Bolshaya Dmitrovka, calling for a change in Maria Dubovik's and Anna Pavlikov's pre-trial restrictions. They are under investigation in connection with the Novoye Velichiye case," Ponomaryov told Interfax.

Ponomaryov said he delivered a message addressed to Prosecutor General Yury Chaika containing the same call before the picket.

"Police officers came and demanded that I stop the picket. After that, they detained me," he said. He said he is currently at the Tverskoye police station and that no charges have been brought against him yet.

Ponomaryov said he considers his detention to be illegal.