by Sarah Hurst
The crackdown on Navalny campaigners continued today, with coordinator of the St. Petersburg headquarters Polina Kostyleva appearing in court charged with organising an unauthorised rally on October 7. Kostyleva was detained on Tuesday when police raided the HQ, then released before trial. She was of course found guilty and fined 20,000 roubles ($347). Also in St. Petersburg, authorities blocked access to the Field of Mars, where the rally is due to be held, and put up a sign that said work was taking place there.
In Arkhangelsk the coordinator of Navalny’s campaign headquarters, Dmitri Tomatin, was fined 20,000 roubles for “violating the rules of campaigning” when standing with a campaign “cube” on September 23. Tomatin was detained only today in connection with the supposed violation, OVD-Info reported.
Ten days in prison for a video
In Krasnodar blogger Leonid Kudinov has been sentenced to 10 days in prison for making a video calling for people to join a rally in support of Navalny on October 7.
In Tambov a volunteer with Navalny’s campaign, Mikhail Volostnykh, has been given three days in prison for “minor hooliganism” after being accused yesterday of having a post on VKontakte that insulted police, and being held in a police station overnight. The coordinator of the Tambov campaign headquarters, Diana Rudakova, has also been detained for handing out newspapers and will spend the night at the police station before a trial tomorrow. The deputy coordinator, Igor Slivin, has also been detained and will spend the night at the police station.
In Rostov-on-Don the coordinator of Navalny’s campaign headquarters Anastasia Dayneka was detained by officers from the local Centre for Preventing Extremism. They took her to a police station, and after being held all day she was given five days in prison for violating the rules of organising a public event.
In Sochi the coordinator of Navalny’s campaign headquarters Konstantin Zykov has been detained, and is being held in a police station accused of violating the rules of organising a public event.
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