SARATOV, 25 Feb – RIA Novosti, Eduard Demyanets. The first secretary of the Penza city committee of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation, Yuliana Kotova, told RIA Novosti about the arrest on Thursday of the deputy of the city duma Alexander Rogozhkin, the regional headquarters of the Ministry of Internal Affairs did not comment on the message.
The Penza Regional Committee of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation announced the arrest on the morning of February 19 of the head of his faction in the City Duma, Alexander Smirnov, who could have been related to the “event on February 23”, when a meeting with a deputy in one of the open areas was planned in Penza. The headquarters of the Ministry of Internal Affairs did not comment on the message. Later, Kotova explained to RIA Novosti that only four people were detained that day, they drew up protocols “for organizing, calling for an illegal action.” By a court decision, Smirnov was arrested for seven days for organizing a protest action on 23 February. The deputy pleaded not guilty.
“Yesterday we had a trial over the Komsomol member Alexander Ermakov, who was detained on Friday (February 19), he was sent to a special detention center for four days. Today … Rogozhkin was detained right in the special detention center, when he came to hand over things to Ermakov, and was not released again. there is no phone with him, the phone is turned off … There are no official explanations in this regard, but, as we understand, all those who may be involved, according to law enforcement agencies, in the organization of the laying of flowers on February 23, are still wanted, “the agency's interlocutor said.
She noted that on February 23 the event was held in the format of laying flowers without flags, political slogans, posters.
“At the event, the law enforcement agencies did not have any questions to the participants regarding unauthorized actions, no one was detained, but police raids on our most prominent activists are still continuing,” Kotova added.
The press service of the regional headquarters of the Ministry of Internal Affairs does not comment on the message about Rogozhkin's detention.