Three Penza Communists accused after holding event on Lenin’s birthday anniversary
Penza, 22 April 2015. PenzaNews. The head of the CPRF regional committee press service Sergei Padalkin expressed his indignity about himself and two other activists accused of administrative violation after holding an event to commemorate the 145th birth anniversary of Vladimir Lenin with a flower-laying ceremony in an interview to PenzaNews agency.
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“This must be the first such case in Penza, because we are holding these [flower-laying ceremonies by the Lenin monument] on January 21 and April 22, and we never needed to agree them,” said the speaker.
He clarified that himself, deputy head of the CPRF regional committee press office Margarita Abramova, and first chairman of the CPRF city committee Dmitry Filyaev were accused of violating Art. 20.2 of the Administrative Offenses Code, titled “Violating the Established Procedure for Arranging or Conducting a Meeting, Rally, Demonstration, Procession or Picket.”
“Moreover, Filyaev today was also accused of the April 2 dacha owners support rally. The accusation papers were torn down back then, but they restore them now. Which means he now has two accusation cases against him,” the speaker added.
Sergei Padalkin stressed that people who paid respects to the leader of International Proletariat did not make any political or social demands, had no banners and did not use loudspeakers.
“Of course we refused to agree with the accusations. This march we are accused off – as for myself, I did not take part in it. I was on Lenina square right from the start,” said the CPRF regional committee press service head.
Answering the PenzaNews question about possible reasons for the attention of law authorities to the normally skipped-over annual event, Sergei Padalkin suggested involvement of certain regional government servants.
“There’s an internal policy official, [Alexander] Artobolevsky [consultant of the office of internal policy implementation and work with national and regional groups under the Internal Policy and Mass Communications Department of the Penza region]. He practically sicked the police on us and said we are holding an unsanctioned event. Of course we think this to be a complete tomfoolery. We think his actions are unlawful,” he stressed.
“Sicking the police on participants of such a sacred public rally – on Lenin’s birthday, – this is just blasphemous,” Sergei Padalkin concluded.