11 May 2018 18:23

Head of Navalny's Tyumen HQ fined almost 300,000 rub. for urging to attend May 5 event

TYUMEN. May 11 (Interfax) - A court in the Siberian city of Tyumen fined on Friday Alexander Kunilovsky, coordinator of the local campaign office of opposition politician Alexei Navalny, for calls to participate in the May 5 protest.

"On May 8, policemen handed Kunilovsky an administrative offence protocol filed under Part 8 of Article 20.2 of the Administrative Offenses Code of the Russian Federation (repeated violation by public event organizer of procedures applicable to its organization or conduct)," a spokesperson for Navalny's Tyumen headquarters told Interfax.

The court ordered Kunilovsky to pay 280,000 rubles as a fine at its session on May 11, the spokesperson said.

Police officers also handed an administrative offence protocol to the organizer of the public event, Sergei Oskolkov, the spokesperson added.

Protests initiated by Alexei Navalny took place in 23 Russian cities on May 5.

Tyumen activists held an unpermitted procession in the central part of the city. The public event went without incident and no participants were held by the police on that day.