Legal Case of the Week: Mother fined for teenager's participation in 26 March demonstration in Volgograd

posted 3 Jul 2017, 08:47 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 3 Jul 2017, 10:39 ]
On 28 June 2016, a court in Volgograd upheld a 10,000 rouble fine imposed on the mother of a teenager who took part in a rally in support of Aleksei Navalny on March 26. Caucasian Knot reports that on 26 March, approximately 30 people were detained of between 800-1,000 who took part in an anti-corruption rally in Volgograd. Most of those who took part were fined 10,000 immediately. The trials of a number of protesters were postponed. In the upshot, Aleksei Volkov, the organizer of the rally and coordinator of Navalny's election office, was fined 15,000 roubles. 

The mother of one teenager detained at the rally subsequently appealed against the 10,000 rouble fine imposed on her. In this case, police alleged that they had repeatedly told the teenager to leave the rally. The teenager had allegedly refused to do so. Caucasian Knot reports that in the appeal the teenager's mother "claimed that the commission for minors' affairs had no evidence, apart from the police protocol." Caucasian Knot reports that the court upheld the fine on the basis of the materials of the case that included a report the teenager had informed the commission he took part in the rally, "knowing in advance that it did not have official permission." According to this report, he also affirmed that the police had told him to leave the scene of the illegal rally.

Photo of Mamaev Kurgan, Volgograd: Wikipedia

'Volgograd mother fined for her son's participation in anti-corruption rally,' Caucasian Knot, 28 June 2017
Full text of the article is available on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’
'Court fines majority of Alexei Navalny's supporters detained in Volgograd,' Caucasian Knot, 26 March 2017
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