29 Jan 2018 19:48

Court arrests Navalny's Moscow HQ coordinator for 15 days

MOSCOW. Jan 29 (Interfax) - Moscow' Simonovsky District Court sentenced Sergei Boiko, the head of opposition activist Alexei Navalny's Moscow headquarters, to 15 days of administrative arrest on Monday, Anti-Corruption Foundation lawyer Ivan Zhdanov said.

"The court found Boiko guilty under Article 20.2 Part 8 of the Russian Administrative Offense Code [a repeat violation of the rules of holding mass events] and arrested him for 15 days," the lawyer said.

The Tverskoy District Court arrested Konstantin Saltykov, another Navalny's supporter, for 30 days, spokeswoman of the court Anastasia Dzyurko told Interfax.

The detained activist was found guilty of committing a crime enshrined in the Criminal Code articles for disobedience to the lawful order or demand voiced by a police officer and a repeat violation of the rules of holding mass events, she said.

The defense teams are expected to shortly appeal the court judgments.

Navalny's followers held rallies in several Russian cities on Sunday. They passed without any gross breaches in 46 federal constituent territories, the Interior Ministry said. Some 266 persons were detained in 16 Russian cities, but were later released from the police stations.