Police detain yet another Navalny activist who helped promote anti-Putin protests on May 5

Meduza
11:36, 24 may 2018

Police have detained another figure in Alexey Navalny’s anti-corruption movement, this time grabbing Ivan Zhdanov, a lawyer for the Anti-Corruption Foundation, outside the organization’s office in Moscow.

Zhdanov is charged with promoting unpermitted anti-Putin rallies on May 5 — the same offense that landed Navalny and his press secretary, Kira Yarmysh, in jail for 30 days and 25 days, respectively. In the same investigation, Russian law enforcement officials have also detained multiple anchors reporting on the YouTube channel Navalny Live.

What happened on May 5? Across the country, police detained more than 1,600 demonstrators, including 158 minors. On May 15, Alexey Navalny was sentenced to 30 days in jail for organizing the “illegal” rallies. On May 23, the Moscow City Court rejected Navalny’s appeal.