Court arrests Navalny for 30 days over ‘He is not tsar to us’ anti-Putin protest

Court arrests Navalny for 30 days over ‘He is not tsar to us’ anti-Putin protest
Detention of Aleksey Navalny in Moscow on May 5, 2018

The lawyer of Navalny also stressed that the detention of the politician was politically motivated.

Tverskoy District Court of Moscow arrested Alexey Navalny for 30 days under Art. 20.2 of the Administrative Code of the Russian Federation (Repeated violation of the procedure for organizing public events). Police detained him during the protest, which was held under the slogan ‘He is not tsar to us’ on May 5. This was reported by a correspondent of Dozhd TV channel from the courtroom.

One of the witnesses in the case,  a commander of a police unit, Alexander Zverev, said that at 14:30 May 5 "Mr. Navalny was seen in the group of citizens," writes Mediazona. According to him, the politician "was aware that the action was not coordinated, he heard the demands via the megaphone, but clearly ignored them." After this, "due to possible unlawful actions," the police decided to detain Navalny.

Navalny's lawyer, Olga Mikhailova, noted that the oppositionist was kept in the police department for more than 10 hours, which contradicts the Administrative Code. She also stressed that the detention of the politician was politically motivated.

Navalny noted that he had notified the Moscow Mayor about his plans to hold an action, but the city authorities did not provide a suitable place for the rally. "The accusations are ridiculous. Have you seen my passport? I am a citizen of the Russian Federation, and I do not need any additional laws to exercise my constitutional rights," Navalny told the judge.

The anti-Putin protests were held in dozens of cities throughout Russia under the slogan ‘He is not tsar to us’. The rally was timed to the inauguration of Vladimir Putin. According to the OVD-Info, almost 1600 protesters were detained during the protests, most of them - in Moscow.

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