Coordinator of Open Russia arrested in Penza due to sticker in StopHam style
Penza, 18 January 2018. PenzaNews. At night police officers arrested Olga Zhulimova, coordinator of the movements Open Russia and Vesna, in Penza because during inspection of the car by which she was going home as a passenger there was discovered a sticker in a StopHam style reading "I do not care at all, I am elected the way I want".
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According to the mass media, a campaign for sticking such pictures on stands advertising presidential elections started in a number of Russian cities under the guidance of Open Russia. As a result, several activists were arrested – in particular, in Ulyanovsk, Rostov-on-Don and Cheboksary.
In Penza, according to a photo posted by Olga Zhulimova on her Facebook profile, the sticker reading "I do not care at all, I am elected the way I want" was stuck only at one place – on a bus stop pavilion near State University.
In addition, she also posted a video on the social network depicting a conversation with law enforcement authorities at the moment of the detention as well as one from a police department, where she was asked to give explanations.
According to Olga Zhulimova, she referred to Art. 51 of the Constitution of the Russian Federation, after which by the morning "she managed to go home safely". The police did not give any copies of documents to her.
"Lawlessness and tyranny is observed nowadays in all regions but in ours it is for the first time. We will monitor the situation," the regional coordinator of the movements Open Russia and Vesna commented on the incident.
As PenzaNews reported before, on Wednesday, January 17, police officers arrested Anton Strunin, coordinator of the Navalny's headquarters in Penza, when he was distributing leaflets about strikes of voters on the street.
Two administrative protocols were drawn up against him: under Art. 5.10 of the Administrative Offences Code of the Russian Federation "Waging an election campaign or a referendum campaign not within the time period intended for it and in places where it is prohibited by the laws on elections and referendums" and under Art. 5.12 "Production, distribution or placement of agitation materials in breach of provisions of the legislation on elections and referendums".
In addition, on the same day law enforcement authorities raided Alexei Navalny headquarters in Penza. According to Olga Zhulimova they confiscated badges, stickers, leaflets about protests of voters, and equipment including CCTV cameras and even computer mice.