Navalny’s companion Leonid Volkov arrested for 20 days
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.
General’s son Mikhail Sal’nikov, Professor of the Department of Theory of Government and Law at the St. Petersburg University of the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) of the Russian Federation, has been detained for real estate fraud. Amid other corruption crimes hitting the headlines, this offense does not seem a high-profile one. But the point is that this is not the first criminal case instituted against professor Sal’nikov, and he is not the only relative of MIA general Viktor Sal’nikov having problems with the law.