Open Russia’s office searched
Yesterday, the Prosecutor General's Office declared the movement undesirable.
Open Russia movement has been raided, the organization's coordinator Maria Baronova tweeted. According to her, the investigative measures began around 4pm Moscow time. The movement’s official account made a post saying that law enforcement officers came to the office.
В офис штаба движения Открытая Россия пришли с обысками. Ретвит! pic.twitter.com/rhAehufNe3— Команда ОР (@open_election) 27 апреля 2017 г.
Tweet: Open Russia’s office being searched. Re-Tweet!
Open Russia founder Mikhail Khodorkovsky also confirmed on Twitter that there have been searches.
Пришли в штаб Открытой России. Авторитаризм в фас и в профиль. pic.twitter.com/CSJ2hvgrcn— Ходорковский Михаил (@mich261213) 27 апреля 2017 г.
Tweet: They came to Open Russia’s office. Authoritarianism en face and in profile.
Yesterday, the Prosecutor General's Office declared the movement undesirable. According to their estimates, the movement "implements special programs and projects to discredit the results of the elections in Russia". Also, according to the prosecutor's office, the organization triggers protests and destabilizes the domestic political situation, threatening "the foundations of the constitutional system of the Russian Federation and the security of the state." A day later, the Justice Ministry listed Open Russia as an undesirable organization.
The movement had planned a rally on April 29 the authorities did not approve of. The #Enough campaign refused an alternative route proposed by the mayor's office. Police warned city residents from participating in the unsanctioned rally, saying there is high risk of provocation.
The Kremlin claimed the uncoordinated procession would trigger illegal activities. Presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said: "this, naturally, would lead to a reaction from the authorities, and a completely legitimate one."