MOSCOW, Feb 9 – RIA Novosti. The Basmanny Court of Moscow on Tuesday sent under house arrest municipal deputy Konstantin Yankauskas, accused of inciting violation of sanitary standards at an uncoordinated rally, court press secretary Irina Sofinskaya told RIA Novosti.
“The court granted the request of the investigation and sent Konstantin Yankauskas under house arrest,” said the agency's interlocutor.
Mundep will be under house arrest until at least March 23. Earlier, the deputy was serving an arrest in a special detention center under the Administrative Code for violating the rules of the procedure for holding a rally.
Similar criminal charges have already been brought against several persons involved in the case, including the municipal deputy of the Basmanny District, Lyudmila Stein, Alexey Navalny's brother Oleg, his press secretary Kira Yarmysh, lawyer of the Anti-Corruption Foundation * Lyubov Sobol. The court placed all of them under house arrest.
According to the materials of the criminal case, because of their appeals, people, including patients with COVID-19, came to an uncoordinated rally on January 23, “creating a threat of mass disease.” The corresponding article of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation provides for up to two years in prison.
Uncoordinated protests took place on January 23 in different cities of Russia and continued on February 31 and February 2, despite numerous warnings from the authorities, including the danger of infection with coronavirus. The defendants in the case were detained on the eve of or after the first unsanctioned rallies.
Deputy Chairman of the Security Council of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev previously expressed the opinion that pulling people out during a pandemic to uncoordinated actions is “extremely cynical”, since “the situation in the country and in the world is such that any gatherings of a large number of people are dangerous.”
* Non-profit organization acting as a foreign agent