UPDATED 6:55 AM PT — Tuesday, June 11, 2019
A prominent Russian opposition activist has been jailed immediately upon his release after a previous arrest.
Russia’s anti-corruption campaigner Leonid Volkov was jailed for 15-days Monday after spending 20-days under a previous administrative arrest. The activist is accused of violating the rules of public meetings during recent protest rallies in Moscow and Saint Petersburg.
Volkov is the campaign chief for Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny. Attorneys say his arrest is an attempt by the Kremlin to hurt Navalny’s campaign ahead of elections to the Moscow City legislature.
“I think the court decision is illegal because Volkov has been sentenced for online coverage on YouTube of a peaceful, authorized public rally. He wasn’t an organizer of this public event. We’re going to appeal, we’ll file a complaint to Moscow City Court shortly. I’m sure this decision will be revoked.” — Vyacheslav Gimadi, attorney for Leonid Volkov
Meanwhile, mass protests continue to roll across Russia in the wake of criminal persecution of anti-corruption journalist Ivan Golunov, which some say was fabricated.