The court fined a mute resident of St. Petersburg for the January 31 rally. The police said he shouted slogans

A court in St. Petersburg fined the hearing impaired Yevgeny Agafonov after being detained at a rally in support of Alexei Navalny on January 31. This is reported by the “Apology of Protest”.

Agafonov is a hearing impaired group III, he is unable to speak. According to lawyer Sergei Loktev, the man did not know about the action and did not participate in it – on January 31, he walked past the place of its holding to the store.

The man was held in the police department for nine hours, he was not provided with a sign language interpreter. The lawyer stressed that due to the fact that Agafonov is hard of hearing, he could not understand the policemen’s explanations about his rights. 

A protocol was drawn up against Agafonov on violation of the rules for holding a rally and blocking roads (part 6.1 of article 20.2 of the Administrative Code). In it, the police indicated that the man “chanted slogans together with other participants in the public event.”

Result: a fine of 5,000 rubles. The court decided to impose a sentence below the lower limit.

(C)MEDUZA 2021

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