In Penza court returns case on disorderly conduct against Padalkin to police for third time
Penza, 9 February 2018. PenzaNews. The Leninsky district court of Penza for the third time refused to consider the administrative case on disorderly conduct against Sergei Padalkin, member of the federal executive committee of the movement Left Front, and returned the materials to the police for revision once again.
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According to information available to PenzaNews, the reason for this was violations committed by law enforcement officers when preparing the documents as well as the fact that they did not contain essential information.
A protocol under Part 1, Art. 20.1 of the Administrative Offences Code of the Russian Federation "Disorderly conduct" was drawn up against Sergei Padalkin after the organization of the "funeral campaign" near the Ministry of Health in Penza on December 15, 2017, when two people wearing masks depicting the head of the ministry Vladimir Styuchkov brought a coffin and a wreath to the porch of the department.
As follows from the text of the document, the opposition activist allegedly "brought workers and visitors of the ministry to panic and anxiety" by putting the ritual objects near the entrance thus violating public order and disturbing the normal functioning of the state body for two hours – from 10.00 till noon.
At the same time, according to the police, Sergei Padalkin used a strong language without a particular reason not addressing it to anybody but showing disrespect for society.
According to Sergei Padalkin, the clarification about the dirty language was made to the protocol a few hours after its preparation – at about midnight when he was already in a cell for administrative detainees. The opposition activist thinks that police officers behaved this way because they decided to play it safe probably understanding that laying of a coffin and a wreath to the porch of the ministry "is not serious enough to be called disorderly conduct".
On December 16, 2017, the judge Tatyana Chernenok refused to consider the case and returned the protocol and supplementary documents to police department No. 1 of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia in the city of Penza "due to incomplete and incorrect preparation of administrative materials".
On December 21, the judge Oksada Kuznetsova did the same thing sending received documents for revision on the same grounds.
On January 31, the judge Oksana Proshina having studied the materials the policemen were to correct came to the conclusion that the violations specified by other two judges had not been eliminated in full.
Left Front thinks that the law enforcement authorities will continue the attempts to bring the administrative case to court, which can eventually lead to the arrest of Sergei Padalkin for up to 15 days.
Activists of the movement are preparing protests with the demand to stop forging cases against members of the opposition and to dismiss the deputy head of the Penza city police Andrei Gavryushin, who as they assume gave the instruction to draw up the protocol on disorderly conduct.