Russian police remove opposing activist from plane, who is arrested


The Russian police were conducting search operations this Tuesday (1st), the residence of opposition activists, the day after arresting one of them, removing him from the plane on which he was going to Warsaw.

“There are raids on my country house near Kolomna, as well as that of my former collaborator Alexander Soloviov and my campaign chief Vitali Venidiktov. I don’t know the formal reason,” opponent and former deputy Dmitri Gudkov said on Telegram.

The opponent’s father, Gennady Gudkov, also a former deputy, said, in turn, that the police were “doing a search in his former office, where he has had nothing for eight years”.

This is “a reprisal against the whole Gudkov family. Revenge for everything!”, Denounced Gennady Gudkov, on his Twitter account.

On Monday, at St. Petersburg’s Pulkovo airport, police arrested Andrei Pivovarov, a former director of the Open Russia organization, who was on a plane, about to take off for Warsaw.

“I was going to take the plane to rest, I went through Customs, no questions were asked. The plane had started to move, when, suddenly, it stopped. The police arrived and took me away,” reported the opponent on Twitter.

The police opened an investigation for “collaboration with an undesirable organization”, a charge that could lead to six years in prison.

Founded by the exiled oligarch and critic of the Kremlin Mikhail Jodorkovsky, Open Russia dissolved in late May, after being classified as “undesirable” under the terms of a law enacted in 2015.

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