The court found that the refusal of a resident of Belgorod to unblock the phone “indirectly confirms” her guilt in organizing a rally for Navalny

The Oktyabrsky District Court of Belgorod sent Tatyana Sizova, the wife of the coordinator of the local headquarters Alexei Navalny, to administrative arrest for three days because of messages in the telegram chat about the place and time of the rally on January 23.

The court found her guilty under the administrative article on organizing a rally without notification. When making the decision, the judge took into account that Sizova refused to tell the police the password to unlock her phone, “thereby indirectly confirming her involvement in the writing of these messages.” This is stated in  the court ruling of January 24, which was drawn by Mediazona.

Sizova pleaded not guilty at the trial and stated that she had not published any messages about the action on January 23, writes “7 × 7”. She also did not participate in the action, her lawyer said. On January 27, Sizova was released from the special detention center.

On January 23 and 31, more than 100 Russian cities hosted mass protests in support of the politician Alexei Navalny. During the protests, more than 10 thousand people were detained, after the rallies, about 50 criminal cases were opened. On February 2, when the court sent Alexei Navalny to prison for two years and eight months, major protests also took place in Moscow and St. Petersburg.

(C)MEDUZA 2021

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