In Penza coordinator of Open Russia is invited to police through Viber
Penza, 13 March 2018. PenzaNews. A man, who introduced himself as interior ministry member Alexander Grushentsev, tried to invite Penza coordinator of the movements Open Russia and Vesna Olga Zhulimova to police department No. 4 to draw up a protocol under Art. 5.12 of the Code of Administrative Offences of The Russian Federation "Production, distribution or placement of agitation materials in breach of provisions of the legislation on elections and referendums".
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Olga Zhulimova posted a screenshot of the short texting with the police officer on her Facebook profile.
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In particular, she asked Alexander Grushentsev if the message on Viber can be considered as a summons but the interlocutor did not answer.
Olga Zhulimova also asked him to confirm his power and introduce himself.
In turn, Alexander Grushentsev wrote that he is "a district police officer, senior lieutenant of the police" and promised to personally show his ID the next day.
Later the police officer deleted the message from Viber.
According to available information, senior lieutenant of the police Alexander Grushentsev has been serving in internal affairs bodies since October 2009. He has occupied the post of a district police officer of division No. 4 of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia in Penza for exactly two years – since March 13, 2016.
As it was reported before, on the night of January 18, 2018 police officers detained 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".
According to the activist, on that night she was taken to a police department, where she refused to give any explanations referring to Art. 51 of the Constitution of the Russian Federation, after which she managed to "go home safely".
The police did not give her any copies of documents.