In Tomsk on suspicion of possession of extremist literature arrested coordinator of the “Open Russia”
In Tomsk, law enforcement officials detained a regional coordinator of the movement “Open Russia” Alexey Pryanishnikov on suspicion of possession of extremist literature. After the arrest he was taken to the police Department of the Soviet district of the city, the official website of the organization.
“As soon as I drove away from the office, immediately had four or five crews of traffic police and the police car. The staff came and said they came orientation due to the alleged presence in my car of extremist literature”, – said Pryanishnikov.
He stressed that the Tomsk branch of the “Open Russia” was never announced their participation in the rally of supporters of opposition leader Alexei Navalny in Tomsk 7 Oct. Despite this, several transport companies Pryanishnikov reported “ban” to give the package to the list of persons in which he is first emphasized in “Open Russia”.
Yesterday, 5 October, were searched from employees “Open Russia” and the people associated with them. The investigators, accompanied by SWAT soldiers came to the chief editor of the “Open Russia” Veronica kutsyllo, the system administrator edition Artem Minich, parents of the Chairman of the same movement Alexander Solovyov, 18-year-old daughter of the editor-in-chief of the control Center investigations Andrew konyahina, the Manager of the Executive Directorate of the movement Nina Alex, Executive Director of “Open Russia” Timur valyeev and former employee of the movement Nikolai Levshino. Also searched was a political scientist Stanislav Belkovsky who participated in the creation of the film “Open Russia” the head of Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov “Family”.
The investigative Committee announced that the searches took place in the framework of the “Yukos affair” of 2003: investigators looking for evidence of laundering Mikhail Khodorkovsky of money laundering. In December last year, the searches in this case have already passed several employees “Open Russia” and in the offices in Moscow and St. Petersburg, and in February of this year, investigators came to the journalist and human rights activist Zoya Light.
The founder of the “Open Russia” Mikhail Khodorkovsky linked the searches of the employees movements with the approaching anniversary of President Vladimir Putin. The former head of Yukos has promised that the efforts of the investigators will not succeed and will not stop the activities of the organization.