Navalny’s companion Leonid Volkov arrested for 20 days

Navalny’s companion Leonid Volkov arrested for 20 days
Leonid Volkov

The activist was detained for holding a rally against raising the retirement age.

Moscow’s Simonovsky Court arrested former head of Alexey Navalny’s campaign headquarters Leonid Volkov for 20 days for holding a rally last September against raising the retirement age, during which unknown persons scratched a Toyota Camry. This was announced by Volkov himself on Twitter. As Navalny noted, Volkov’s protocol was rewritten several times and his charged was changed. 

The court found Volkov guilty of holding a public event that caused damage to property (para. 4 of Article 20.2 of the Administrative Code), although after the arrest the police have been talking about a repeated violation of the procedure for holding a rally (para. 8 of Article 20.2 of the Administrative Code). Then, in the protocol, the paragraph eight was replaced by the second one – event organization, lawyer Alexander Pomazuev told Mediazona. As a result, on May 22 they familiarized themselves with the protocol, where it was said about the fourth paragraph, property damage.

According to Volkov, on the day of the rally he was in Vilnius, and the police claimed that he was conducting a video broadcast from the rally’s venue.

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