Courts arrest participants of anti-corruption rally in Moscow for 646 days
Moscow courts made more than 200 rulings against those detained on March 26. The amount of fines exceeded 1 million rubles, and the total term of arrests was more than a year and a half, according to OVD-Info which summed up the preliminary results.
After the rally on March 26 in the center of Moscow, the capital's courts passed decisions on administrative protocols of more than two hundred detainees. This was calculated by coordinators of the project OVD-Info which monitor political detentions at the request of RBC.
The total length of administrative arrests amounted to 646 days, and the amount of fines has already reached 1-1.5 million rubles. Press services of the Moscow City Court and three district courts, where the detainees’ protocols were mainly considered, promised RBC to provide official data on fines and arrests, when the cases of all the protesters are considered.
The rally took place after the investigation by Alexey Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation about the "secret real estate" of Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev was released. According to the police, 8 thousand people gathered for the rally; the organizers have reported about 25-30 thousand participants. Law enforcement officers detained 1043 activists. In regard to them administrative protocols were drafted, and the courts on them "will last at least the whole April," OVD-Info coordinator Daniil Beylinson explained to RBC.
Administrative arrests as punishment were assigned to 65 detainees, mainly those who were charged with resistance during detention (Art. 19.3 of the Code of Administrative Offenses). 41 people got 10 days, 11 more activists were sentenced to seven days' detention. Four people got terms for 12 days and another four – for 15, two of them got the terms of eight and five days. The length of the arrest of another detainee is unknown. The record was set by head of the Moscow branch of Partiya Progressa (Progress Party) Nikolay Lyaskin who was charged with a repeated violation of the procedure for holding a mass action: he will spend 25 days under arrest.
In total, activists got at least 646 days of arrest. This number does not include those whom the courts after 48 hours of detention sentenced to arrest for two days and have already released, explained Beylinson to RBC. According to him, the hearings appointed for the first two days after the action ended in arrests: then, those who were left for the night in MIA departments were tried. The law allows holding defendants in a police station for a period of 48 hours on certain articles of the Code of Administrative Offenses, including the article on disobedience to policemen during detention. According to the calculations of OVD-Info, Tverskoy, Meshchansky and Simonovsky courts examined 78 case materials on disobedience to policemen on Monday and Tuesday. Another 12 protocols were considered in the following days.
Most of the detainees were fined for violating the procedure for holding a mass action (Article 20.2 of the Code of Administrative Offenses). As OVD-Info found out, the courts have examined more than a hundred protocols drafted under this article. In most cases, the courts sentenced the detainees to fines of 10-15 thousand rubles, in a few cases – to 20 thousand. Thus, for about a hundred activists, the total amount of fines was at least 1-1.5 million rubles.
It turned out that there were so many detainees during March 27-28 that the special detention centers for administrative offenders, of which there are only four in Moscow, were overcrowded, said Beylinson. In his opinion, this could happen due to the fact that in the evening of March 28 the courts practically ceased to choose such a punishment and switched to fines, which for defendants who resisted detentions amount to 500-1000 rubles.
Court hearings against those who were detained during the unauthorized rallies continue in other regions of the country, as lawyer of the international human rights association Agora Aleksey Glukhov told RBC.
Anticorruption rallies in the cities of Russia
Human rights activists have cases of 107 detainees in 13 cities of the country; most of them turned out to be in Krasnodar and Sochi - 23 people in each city, while in Kuban almost everyone on whom the protocols were drafted were eventually arrested. "The local detention center is overcrowded. There is even an unspoken order not to arrest for minor offenses such as hooliganism," said Glukhov. Particularly interesting situation, he said, was in Cheboksary: there were no detentions during the protest actions, but the next day, participants began to get subpoenas. Protocols were drafted against 11 people.
Viktor Zakharchenko, who is accused of embezzlement of 4 million rubles (~70.000 USD) from the funds of the bank Moskovskoye Ipotechnoye Agentstvo (Moscow Mortgage Agency), was placed under house arrest.
Officer of the FSB in Moscow and the region Pyotr Koryugin participated in the extortion of 2 million rubles ($34.800) from an Azerbaijani citizen, and he warned a drug dealer about a forthcoming search for 300.000 rubles ($5200).