MOSCOW, February 10 – RIA Novosti. The Ministry of Internal Affairs of Lithuania refused to detain, at the request of Russia, Alexey Navalny's comrade-in-arms, Leonid Volkov, who was put on the international wanted list, the Associated Press agency reports with reference to the statement of the Minister of Internal Affairs of Lithuania Agne Bilotaite.
“Using international instruments for politically motivated persecution is a wrong practice,” Bilotayte said of the arrest warrant for Volkov sent through Interpol.
Earlier, the Basmanny Court of Moscow arrested Volkov's comrade-in-arms who was put on the international wanted list in absentia for involving teenagers in illegal rallies. He will be arrested for two months from the moment of detention on the territory of the Russian Federation or extradition.
Volkov is charged with the crime provided for in paragraphs “a”, “in” part 2 of article 151.2 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation. On this charge of persuading minors to commit illegal actions, he faces up to three years in prison.
The Investigative Committee reported that the criminal case was opened because of the video, “in which the head of the network of regional headquarters of Alexei Navalny, Leonid Volkov, appeals to minors to participate in illegal actions.”
Uncoordinated protests took place on January 23 in different cities of Russia and continued on the 31st, despite numerous warnings from the authorities, including the danger of COVID-19 infection. In addition, uncoordinated actions took place in Moscow on February 2 during and after a meeting in the Moscow City Court on the case of Alexei Navalny.