St. Petersburg opened first case of contempt of authority for sign about Putin
Activist Mariya Kozhevatova has become a defendant.
St. Petersburg saw a criminal case being opened under the article on Contempt of Authority (part 3 of Art. 20.1 of the Code of Administrative Offenses) for the first time in Russia, informs Fontanka, noting that activist Mariya Kozhevatova has become targeted in investigation.
In particular, law enforcement officers have claims against the girl as she was standing with a sign mentioning Vladimir Putin. What exactly was written on the sign is not specified.
The protocol against the activist of the Solidarity movement has not yet been drawn up, the portal notes, so far an administrative investigation is underway. If her guilt is proved, Kozhevatova faces a fine of 30 to 100 thousand rubles ($448.8 - 1.4 thousand).
What exactly the police will accuse Kozhevatova of is not known. The activist distributed what was written on the sign on the street. Perhaps the police did not like the user picture on Kozhevatova’s VK profile with the phrase “Putin hello,” but she was not detained for posts on a social network.