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Police detain anti-Putin activist because of one, very vague tweet

Police in Moscow have detained Sergey Boyko, the coordinator of Alexey Navalny’s headquarters in Novosibirsk, on charges of repeatedly violating Russia’s laws on public demonstrations.

According to Vyacheslav Gimadi, a lawyer for the Anti-Corruption Foundation, the evidence against Boyko is a tweet he posted on April 12, where he called on people to protest against Vladimir Putin on May 5. The tweet, which includes a link to Alexey Navalny’s website, doesn’t mention a time or a location, and it was too early to know if Moscow city officials would grant a demonstration permit (they didn’t).

“Sergey was in Novosibirsk on May 5, but they’re charging him with organizing a rally on Tverskaya Street [in Moscow],” Gimadi wrote on Twitter.

Vyacheslav Gimadi

On May 5, Alexey Navalny and his supporters organized nationwide protests against Vladimir Putin’s fourth inauguration. Police officers arrested more than 1,600 demonstrators in cities across the country. Navalny was detained and later sentenced to 30 days in jail.