Moscow police began to patrol the bridge where Nemtsov was killed – out of fears that Navalny’s supporters would come there
Update. On the afternoon of February 20, the police detained eight people on the Bolshoy Moskvoretsky Bridge. Some of them tried to lay flowers at the scene of the murder of Boris Nemtsov, OVD-Info
reports . After about two and a half hours, all the detainees were released without a protocol being drawn up.
Moscow police began patrolling the Bolshoi Moskvoretsky Bridge, where politician Boris Nemtsov was killed in 2015, Ekho Moskvy reports.
On the evening of February 19, the memorial that the volunteers had created at the site of Nemtsov’s murder was destroyed on the bridge; the police detained two activists. Now on the bridge there are no portraits of a politician, flowers and candles, as well as volunteers who are constantly replacing each other.
Two officers of the second special police regiment are on duty at the scene. They forbid people to put flowers, referring to a certain order, Grigory Simakov, a volunteer of the Nemtsov Most project , told MBH Media.
One of the policemen told “Echo” off the record that the flowers and portraits had been removed, since the associates of the politician Alexei Navalny might come here today. According to the policeman, the security forces warn people who want to lay flowers at the scene of Nemtsov’s murder that this is a pedestrian zone and there is no need to do this. In case of refusal, they promised to detain him. ECHO OF MOSCOW
Earlier on February 20, the Moscow prosecutor’s office issued a warning about the inadmissibility of calls for mass protests. The department did not specify what the warning was about.
On February 20, two trials with the participation of Alexei Navalny are taking place in the Babushkinsky District Court of Moscow . At the retreat, the Moscow City Court upheld the actual term of imprisonment for Navalny, appointed in the Yves Rocher case. At the second session, the magistrate must pronounce a verdict in the case of “slander against veteran” Ignat Artemenko.
On January 23 and 31, as well as on February 2, protests in support of Navalny were held in Moscow, as in other cities of Russia. More than 11 thousand people were detained throughout the country.