In St. Petersburg, on the “March of Maternal Wrath”, activist of “Open Russia” Dmitry Skurikhin and six others were detained, spokeswoman Natalia Gryaznevich told RBC. According to her, in Moscow at the same action arrested one person.
“Moscow says” with reference to the Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs for St. Petersburg and the Leningrad Region reported that the police confirmed the arrest of the protesters. “Policemen delivered several citizens to the police during the uncoordinated action,” the head office said. They added that they will be checked for involvement in the organization of the action.
At the end of the rally in the center of Moscow, the press service of the metropolitan central board of the RBC police reported that about 400 people took part in the event. The police and Rosgvardiya provided law enforcement and public safety.
The “march of maternal rage” was not agreed either in Moscow or in St. Petersburg. The events also take place in several Russian cities in support, in particular, of the Open Russia activist from Anastasia Shevchenko from Rostov-on-Don, who is under house arrest.
At the end of January, Shevchenko was charged with the first criminal case in Russia about involvement in the activities of an undesirable organization (the authorities refer to them as “Open Russia”) under art. 284.1 of the Criminal Code, which provides for punishment of up to six years in prison. She is under house arrest until March 20, 2019. 30 January it presented a formal accusation.
At the same time, Shevchenko’s daughter got into intensive care, in this connection an activist on January 29 filed a petition for a meeting with her. Shevchenko was allowed to meet with the child only on January 30, a day later it became known about the death of the girl.
Open Russia activists believe that the case against Shevchenko was brought for participating in political debates in Taganrog and for publishing an announcement of the school of municipal deputies in Rostov-on-Don. In defense of Shevchenko made by human rights activists, including the head of the movement “For Human Rights” Lev Ponomarev, a member of the HRC Nikolai Svanidze and head of the movement “Russia sitting” Olga Romanova.