MOSCOW, February 25 – RIA Novosti. The Moscow City Court canceled house arrest and elected a ban on certain actions to the leader of the Alliance of Doctors union Anastasia Vasilyeva, who is accused of inciting people to violate sanitary rules at an uncoordinated rally, her lawyer Dmitry Dzhulai told RIA Novosti.
“The Moscow City Court canceled the measure of restraint in the form of house arrest, and chose a measure of restraint in the form of a ban on certain actions. Some old restrictions have been preserved, and it is also forbidden to leave the home from 8 pm to 8 am,” the agency's source said.
According to the investigation, due to the calls of Vasilyeva and other defendants, people, including patients with COVID-19, came to the 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.
In this case, several defendants went under house arrest, including Alexey Navalny's brother Oleg, Alexey Navalny's press secretary Kira Yarmysh, his associates Lyubov Sobol and Oleg Stepanov, member of the Pussy Riot group Maria Alekhina and several municipal deputies. Another associate of Navalny, Nikolai Lyaskin, the court elected a ban on certain actions.
All of them are charged with incitement to violation of sanitary and epidemiological rules (part 4 of article 33 and part 1 of article 236 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation).
Unauthorized protest actions took place on January 23 in different cities of Russia and continued on February 31 and February 2. The defendants in the case were detained on the eve of or after the first unsanctioned rallies. Subsequently, law enforcement agencies opened criminal cases under several articles.