MOSCOW, February 12 – RIA Novosti. Sergei Smirnov, editor-in-chief of Mediazona, who was arrested in Moscow, who complained about the pressure because of the “hellish conditions” in the cell, received medical assistance and conditions were created for airing, Tatiana Potiaeva, ombudsman for human rights in Moscow, told RIA Novosti.
Earlier in the Telegram-channel “Smirnov under arrest” (previously under the name “Smirnov” it was conducted by the journalist himself, now the editorial office is updating the information) it was reported that Smirnov, arrested in Moscow, complained about the deterioration of health due to “hellish conditions” in the new cell.
“The situation is under the control of the commissioner, Sergei Smirnov was provided with the necessary medical assistance, his state of health is monitored by doctors, an opportunity has been created in the cell to ventilate it,” Potyaeva said.
The Tverskoy Court of Moscow on Wednesday arrested Sergei Smirnov, editor-in-chief of Mediazona, for 25 days under the protocol of an unauthorized action on 23 January. The arrested person's lawyers reported that the arrest was related to the repost of a joke entry on Twitter, which ridiculed the external resemblance of Sergei Smirnov and the lead singer of the Tarakany group, Dmitry Spirin, who starred in the video in support of Alexei Navalny's headquarters.
The day after the arrest, the Union of Journalists of Russia sent an appeal to the competent authorities with a demand to check the legality of the prosecution of Smirnov, since “this court decision caused a sharp reaction in the journalistic community.” On Monday, the Moscow City Court will check the legality of the journalist's arrest.
Uncoordinated rallies were held in Russian cities on January 23 and 31, which turned into clashes with security officials, arrests of violators and initiation of criminal cases, including the threat of mass infection of COVID-19.