In the Novosibirsk region, a criminal case has been opened over the fact of calls for mass riots. An unauthorized rally in support of opposition leader Alexei Navalny takes place today in Novosibirsk.
“According to the survey, in January 2021 in Novosibirsk unknown users of social networks published messages calling for mass riots accompanied by violence, pogroms, arson, destruction of property, use of weapons, explosive devices, explosives, toxic or other substances and objects representing danger to others, such as providing armed resistance against representatives of the authorities – police officers at the unauthorized protest action “#Freedom to Navalny!” in Novosibirsk on January 23, 2021 “, – said in a statement from the Commission of Inquiry of Russia (TFR) for the region.
Later it was determined who conducted the interviews. This is according to the department a 20-year-old resident of Novosibirsk. The suspect was arrested under Art. 91 of the Code of Criminal Procedure of the Russian Federation. He testified about the correspondence on the Internet. A search was conducted at his residence, witnesses are being questioned, the ICR reported. “In the very future, the investigation will go to court with a petition to choose a preventive measure against the person involved,” the ICR said.
The Protestants in Novosibirsk reached Lenin Square. According to various estimates, the event gathered about 4.5 thousand people. The Protestants, especially young people, held banners “Freedom to Navalny”, “Putin is scared”, “I know who poisoned Navalny”. Every five minutes, the security forces invited the audience to disperse because the event was not authorized, but their words were drowned out by the whistle. The security forces arrested the most active offenders and escorted them to the nearby paddy wagons and buses. The club accompanied each arrest with exclamations of “Shame, we pay your wages.”
Earlier, the TFR opened a criminal case over recourse to social networks to minors to take part in unauthorized actions in support of Mr Navalny. The case was started after appeals from “several associations of parents of Russian schoolchildren”. At the same time, the Ministry of Interior organized a preliminary investigation into the organization of provocations by the head of the headquarters of Alexei Navalny, and warned the Office of the Prosecutor General that the participants in the actions could receive criminal punishment.
Today, January 23, unauthorized actions are being held in Russia in support of Alexei Navalny. Detentions began on her. According to OVD-Info, more than 200 people were arrested.
More details about the actions in support of Alexei Navalny can be found in Kommersant’s online broadcast.