28 Feb 2022 16:35

Russian rights activist Ponomaryov says again detained by police

MOSCOW. Feb 28 (Interfax) - Moscow police detained rights activist Lev Ponomaryov (designated as foreign-agent media in Russia) on Monday, he told Interfax.

"I was detained by the police in the metro and told that I was wanted. They brought me, and I am now at a police station, near the Vykhino metro station," Ponomaryov told Interfax.

According to the rights activist, he was put on the wanted list by the Interior Ministry's department for Moscow's North-Western Administrative District, where he will soon be taken.

On February 25, Moscow's Khoroshevsky District Court sentenced Ponomaryov to an administrative fine of 30,000 rubles for violating the rules of holding a public event.

The administrative offense case against Ponomaryov was connected to an unauthorized rally that had taken place in Moscow the previous day. The police established that the rights activist was one of the event's organizers.

Interfax has not yet received any official comment from law enforcement agencies.