Navalny’s supporters will be charged in the coronavirus case
Thousands of Navalny supporters join Russian protests
All of them were summoned to the UK on February 3 and 4, according to the lawyers of the accused..
In the coming days, the Investigative Committee of Russia will file formal charges in a criminal case on violation of sanitary and epidemiological rules to seven oppositionists: lawyer of the Anti-Corruption Foundation Lyubov Sobol, press attaché of Alexei Navalny Kira Yarmysh, head of Navalny’s Moscow headquarters Oleg Stepanov, younger brother of the head of FBK Oleg Navalny , a member of the Pussy Riot group Maria Alyokhina and the head "Alliance of Physicians" Anastasia Vasilyeva. All of them were summoned to the UK on February 3 and 4, according to the lawyers of the accused..
Suspects in the criminal case are also municipal deputy Lucy Stein, who was detained in Moscow on Tuesday, municipal deputy Dmitry Baranovsky and FBK employee Nikolai Lyaskin.
Most of the opposition are currently under house arrest, the court appointed Lyaskin a preventive measure in the form of a ban on certain actions.
A criminal case on violation of sanitary rules was opened after the actions in support of Alexei Navalny, which took place on January 23 in more than a hundred Russian cities. The Investigative Committee opened another case under the same article after the same actions on January 31.
According to the Investigative Committee, the defendants called on social media to go out to protest in the center of Moscow. The investigation claims that, having responded to the call, people arrived there who were supposed to stay at home for self-isolation. The headquarters for the fight against coronavirus said that 19 people came to Pushkinskaya Square, who were diagnosed with COVID-19.
The article of the Criminal Code on violation of sanitary and epidemiological rules provides for punishment in the form of imprisonment for a period of up to two years, and if the violations led by negligence to the death of people, the perpetrators can be imprisoned for up to seven years.
In total, at two rallies in support of Navalny, law enforcement agencies detained about ten thousand protesters throughout Russia, and the Investigative Committee opened more than forty criminal cases in different regions of Russia. The protesters, in addition to violating sanitary rules, are accused of using violence against police officers, hooliganism, deliberate damage to property, involvement of minors in criminal activities and blocking roads. Searches and arrests of supporters of Alexei Navalny are taking place throughout the country.
On Tuesday, another criminal case was opened about "involving minors in actions that pose a danger to their lives", – this time in Murmansk