Federal Ombudsperson Tatyana Moskalkova on the arrests of 26 March in Moscow

posted 24 Apr 2017, 05:12 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 24 Apr 2017, 05:13 ]
19 April 2017

Source: HRO.org

Tatyana Moskalkova, Russia’s Human Rights Ombudsperson, has said that the administrative penalties imposed against 35 people arrested in Moscow during anti-corruption protests on 26 March 2017 were inconsistent with their offences.

She explained that all of the violations had already been dealt with, reports Radio Svoboda.

According to Moskalkova, no bodily injuries were inflicted against those arrested. She also stated that she had not been contacted by protesters, although she received appeals from human rights organisations including For Human Rights.

On 26 March 2017, anti-corruption protests took place in a number of Russian cities and more than 1,000 people were arrested at the protest in Moscow.

According to OVD-Info, on 11 April, courts in Moscow examined more than 300 administrative cases against anti-corruption protesters.

Sixty-five people were placed jailed under administrative law and around 200 people were fined between 10,000 and 20,000 roubles.

Translated by Nicky Brown