MOSCOW, 5 March – RIA Novosti. The Moscow City Court on Friday recognized as legal the 15-day administrative arrest of Novaya Gazeta journalist and municipal deputy Ilya Azar, the court's press service told RIA Novosti. – said the interlocutor of the agency.
During the hearing, the defense insisted on the illegality of the court's decision and asked to cancel it.
On Wednesday, Azara was appointed fifteen days by the Tverskoy Court of Moscow under one of two protocols under the article on repeated violation of the procedure for organizing a mass action. Otherwise, the journalist was fined 150 thousand rubles, he also appealed this decision.
It follows from the protocols that Azar twice, using his Facebook page, called on an “indefinite circle of citizens” to participate in uncoordinated actions on March 12 and July 13, 2020 in Moscow. Unauthorized measures were taken against the amendments to the Constitution and in support of the former journalist, and now the adviser to the head of Roscosmos, Ivan Safronov.
Why the protocols for these offenses were drawn up against the journalist in February 2021 – the court did not specify. Nevertheless, the same press service noted that before that, materials compiled on similar grounds were returned to the police due to design errors.