In Penza police draws up report against coordinator of Open Russia
Penza, 20 October 2017. PenzaNews. The Penza police drew up an administrative report against Olga Zhulimova, coordinator of the regional department of the movement Open Russia, on violation of order of public event organization.
As follows from the document that contains quite a few mistakes (a copy is available to PenzaNews), on October 9 at 17.00 in Moskovskaya street near the monument "Repentance" Olga Zhulimova conducted an unauthorized rally in solidarity with struggle against assassinations and denial of human rights and freedom without submitting a notification about the intention to carry out the public event to local authorities.
At the same time, the protocol suggests that Olga Zhulimova held a poster with the inscription "Thank you Boris" and answered to questions of passers-by.
Thus, according to the police, the coordinator of Open Russia committed an offence under the Part 2, Art. 20.2 of the Administrative Offences Code of the Russian Federation. She will be subject to a fine of from 20,000 to 30,000 roubles, compulsory works for up to 50 hours or arrest up to 10 days.
The punishment for the administrative offence will be selected by the court. It is expected that the court will receive materials from the police in the near future.
As Olga Zhulimova told PenzaNews, she will go to court together with her father Igor Zhulimov, who is the founder and director of the well-known in Penza and far outside law firm "Pioneer".
According to the interlocutor, she drew the poster herself on the eve of the memorial event, which was held on October 9 in other Russian cities and was dedicated to the birthday of the opposition activist Boris Nemtsov, who had been killed in Moscow on February 27, 2015.
"I asked people to help me to unwrap the poster [on the day of the event] because it was huge and it was very hard for me to carry it. One-person rallies are not prohibited by law in our country," Olga Zhulimova said adding that according to available information reports against the young people who helped her to carry the poster had not been drawn up.
To the question of the PenzaNews correspondent as to why she failed to submit a notification about the intention to carry out a public event if she was the organizer of the activity, the coordinator of Open Russia said that she had done it several times before but had regularly received refusals.
"No matter how many notifications I previously submitted to the administration about the intention to hold different events in Moskovskaya street, I always received refusals and had to appeal them. Since in this situation there was no time to appeal against the decision because the action had to be carried out on November 9, I did not submit any notifications," the interlocutor explained.
She reminded that according to article 31 of the Constitution of the Russian Federation citizens of the country have a right to hold peaceful meetings.
"The administration always examines applications in the following way: it considers whether it should be allowed [to hold an event] or not. But in fact, what we submit is just a notification. This 54th federal law [On meetings, rallies, demonstrations, parades, and pickets] that I allegedly violated is controversial to the Constitution – there is 31 article of the Constitution," Olga Zhulimova summed up.