Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Moscow Oppositionists Jailed for Defiance

A court in Moscow punished three leaders of the liberal opposition by “administrative arrest” (short-term imprisonment) for “defiance of police orders.” One of the leaders, 69-year-old Lev Ponomarev, who, according to the police, “gave an anti-Moscow-Mayor interview on a sideway blocking a passage to the subway,” was sentenced to four days in prison. Coincidentally, Ponomarev was sent to prison at the very moment of a meeting of the U.S.-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission Working Group for Civil Society. Russian presidential administration official Vladislav Surkov, who is believed to be in charge of anti-opposition measures, met U.S. presidential administration official Michael McFaul, who intended to meet Ponomarev the next day.

Grani-TV: Ponomarev detention

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