Man arrested after picketing in support of prisoner who was beaten by Ramzan Kadyrov’s son
A lone picketer, Alexander Sidelev, was arrested on St. Petersburg's Palace Square after holding a sign in support of Nikita Zhuravel, the prisoner who was beaten by Chechen Governor Ramzan Kadyrov’s son. His sign read “I/We are Nikita Zhuravel.” According to OVD-Info, Sidelev was taken to a police station and charged with violating COVID restrictions.
Nikita Zhuravel was arrested in Volgograd in May and accused of burning a Quran in return for payment from Ukraine’s Security Service. He was transferred to a Chechen jail after numerous Chechen Muslims had asked to be considered the victims of his alleged crime. On September 25, Ramzan Kadyrov posted a video of his son beating a defenseless Zhuravel.