Dmitry Gudkov arrested after rally for fair elections in Moscow
Previously, a similar punishment was imposed on Alexey Navalny.
The former State Duma deputy, an unregistered candidate to the Moscow City Duma, Dmitry Gudkov, was convicted by Moscow’s Tverskoy Court for 30 days for organizing an unauthorized rally for fair elections near the Moscow Election Committee, Novaya Gazeta reports. After this action, the Investigation Committee initiated a criminal case on “obstructing the activities of election commissions.”
The rally was held on July 14 due to the failure of opposition candidates to register for the Moscow City Duma elections. About a thousand people attended the action. Gudkov was accused of repeated violation of the “established procedure for organizing or holding a meeting, rally” (part 8 of Article 20.2 of the Administrative Code of the Russian Federation). Earlier, Alexey Navalny was arrested for 30 days for the same offense.
After the July 27 rally, municipal deputies Ilya Yashin and Konstantin Yankauskas, the FBK director Ivan Zhdanov and a number of other oppositionists also received administrative arrests. The Prosecutor General’s Office urged law enforcement agencies to use the entire arsenal and possibilities to thwart unsanctioned rallies.