An excuse to enter the police At the conference there was information that people associated with Otwarta were there RussiaThose whose activities are banned in the country. Later, the officers added in the arrest reports that the forum participants had violated health safety. According to the agency APPolice said in a statement that the conference participants were not masked. The independent organization OVD-Info has published a list of 180 people who have been arrested.

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Russia. Police cut off the opposition forum and detained about 200 people

Among them were famous opposition activists: Julia Galiamina, Ilya Jaszen, Maxim Reisenk, and Gegenig Rogzman. The individuals are released, after being questioned and signed, to their homes. Some attorneys reported not accepting clients. Opponents received a summons from the court to take part in an illegal rally.

“The aim was to scare people from getting involved in politics,” commented Andrei Pivovarov of Open Russia. Reporters were also transferred from several independent news portals to police stations. All of them face fines from 5,000 to 15,000 rubles, that is, from 40 to 150 euros.

The Russia Open was founded in 2001 by Mikhail Khodorkovsky. The Russian businessman and opposition activist was sentenced to 10 years in prison for his activities. It was released in 2013. It currently lives in London. The Palestinian Authority states that in 2015 in Russia a law came into effect that penalizes working in “unwanted” groups. The list of about 30 banned organizations includes, among other things, Open Russia.

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