Georgy Kamnev: Communist activists detained in Spassk released
Penza, 18 August 2015. PenzaNews. Georgy Kamnev, first secretary of the regional committee of the Communist Party, deputy of the Legislative Assembly from the Penza region, informed PenzaNews agency that the Communist Party activists detained by police in Spassk, the Penza region, for distributing pre-election printed materials, have been released, due to lack of violations.
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“There [in Spassk], the activists had the documents checked, no violations were found. All documents are alright, so they have been released,” the agency interlocutor said, adding that the incident made no special troubles in the work of agitators.
“Everything went according to the law. We thought there may be some claims concerning the papers spread, and it might take long with some reports filed, I mean of the conviction character, but the check showed no violations. They were fairly quickly released,” the leader of the Penza communists said, adding that now the activists of the Communist Party continue to work in Spassk.
He also stressed that the incident in Spassk has actually become the first such case during this campaign.
“There were no problems and complexities [before]. And when Yuri Afonin had come, we met with the acting governor [Ivan Belozertsev] and discussed these issues as well. And it was noted that there were no problems at the moment under the pre-election campaign. Here [in Spassk], I believe, some small local trouble occurred,” Georgy Kamnev said.
In addition, he suggested that head of Spassk administration Nikolai Lomonov, who, according to the activists, called the police, could have acted more constructively and correctly — not involving the law enforcement officers.
“They could have done it another way — come up and ask, first find out in the regional election commission whether such [campaigning] material was registered or not, and then take such measures. I hope that in other parts of the region they will “be correct”, and this will not happen again,” the agency interlocutor concluded.
As PenzaNews agency reported earlier, on Tuesday afternoon, August 18, head of the press service of the regional committee of the Communist Party Sergei Padalkin twitted that he and several activists were detained in Spassk while distributing pre-election propaganda materials. Later, all the information about the incident was removed from oppositioner's “Twitter.”