Head of Open Russia office arrested in Kazan

Head of Open Russia office arrested in Kazan
Head of Open Russia branch Ilya Novikov

Ilya Novikov was detained for propaganda of an uncoordinated action, in which the activist invited citizens to take part.⁠

The District Court in Kazan authorized arrest of head of Open Russia office Ilya Novikov for five days for propaganda of an uncoordinated action (part 2 of Art. 20.2 Administrative Offences Code of the Russian Federation - organization or holding of a public action without submission of the notice).

In particular, Ilya Novikov urged citizens to participate in a protest action ‘We Had Enough’, which Open Russia is planning to carry out on April 29 across all Russia.

The head of the office did not admit his guilt in court, explaining that he spoke at a  coordinated meeting and urged the audience to “exercise their constitutional right”. Except Novikov, his accomplice member of a regional council of Open Russia Emil Garaev was placed in the pre-trial detention center for five days for propaganda.

As the CrimeRussia wrote earlier, on Thursday, April 27 the Moscow office of Open Russia was searched and their documents were withdrawn. The day before the Prosecutor General’s Office of the Russian Federation recognized Open Russia, created by ex-owner of Yukos Mikhail Khodorkovsky, an undesirable organization.

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