VLADIVOSTOK, 15 Feb – RIA Novosti. The court imprisoned for two months the third detainee on suspicion of attacking law enforcement officers at an uncoordinated rally on January 23 in Vladivostok, a representative of the SUSK RF in the Primorsky Territory told RIA Novosti.
Earlier, in Primorye, two criminal cases were initiated on the fact of an attack on an uncoordinated rally on January 23 on an employee of the Russian Guard and on police officers. Prior to that, two suspects were detained and imprisoned in a pre-trial detention center, one of whom himself confessed to the investigator and, according to the defense, publicly apologized to the police. Later, the Ministry of Internal Affairs published a photo of three more alleged participants in the brawls with the security forces. On February 11, the RIA Novosti department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs for the Primorsky Territory reported the arrest of another person involved – a 46-year-old local resident. SUSK clarified that he is suspected of attacking police officers.
“He was detained for two months,” the source said.
Uncoordinated protests were held in different cities of Russia on January 23 and 31, as well as on February 2, despite numerous warnings from the authorities, including about the danger of contracting coronavirus. In criminal cases, both the organizers of the actions and ordinary participants accused of attacks on security forces were detained.
Presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov called the organizers of the uncoordinated actions provocateurs. President Vladimir Putin stressed that everyone has the right to express an opinion, but “anything that goes beyond the law is not just counterproductive, but dangerous,” all the more so “in no case should minors be pushed forward.”
Deputy Chairman of the Security Council of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev expressed the opinion that dragging 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.”