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Russian police interrupt live YouTube broadcast to deliver subpoena to Alexey Navalny's campaign manager

Source: Meduza

In the middle of a live YouTube broadcast on Wednesday, police interrupted a presentation by Leonid Volkov, Alexey Navalny’s campaign manager, to deliver a subpoena. Likely for his role organizing an unsanctioned political protest on June 12 in Moscow, Volkov is being charged with violating Russia’s laws on public assemblies.

According to the paperwork delivered on Wednesday, Volkov is required to appear in court on Thursday, where he could be fined or arrested for up to 10 days, if convicted.

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On June 12, supporters of opposition politician Alexey Navalny descended on Tverskaya Street for a political demonstration. Hours before the protest, Navalny and his team of organizers suddenly changed the venue to Tverskaya, the main road in Moscow leading toward Red Square, abandoning plans to hold a rally at Sakharov Prospekt, where the city had granted them a demonstration permit.

In the end, Moscow police detained more than 800 protesters on June 12, grabbing Navalny outside his home, an hour before the event even began. Later that night, a court sentenced him to 30 days in jail for violating the city’s permit laws.

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