Leader of Artpodgotovka movement Maltsev granted asylum in France
The fugitive politician intends to apply to the ECtHR with his supporters.
The founder and head of the Artpodgotovka movement, which activity was deemed extremist and illegal in Russia, Vyacheslav Maltsev was granted asylum in France, he reports on his YouTube channel.
“The political authorities of France has granted me asylum. My colleagues and I have been recognized as political refugees - not extremists, not terrorists. This is a great precedent. Now we (members of the movement - Ed.) will file with the ECtHR,” said Maltsev.
According to the leader of Artpodgotovka, the French special services checked him for a year and two months but found nothing illegal. At that time, Maltsev won a temporary asylum.
The politician left Russia in July 2017 because of the threat of arrest on charges of calling for extremism (part 1 of Art. 280 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation) during the May speech at the For Russia Against Arbitrariness and Repression rally. In October of the same year, the Meshchansky Court of Moscow arrested the leader of the movement in absentia and put him into the international wanted list. The Moscow City Court recognized the decision lawful. At the end of the month, the Krasnoyarsk Regional Court recognized the Artpodgotovka movement as an extremist organization and banned its activities.