St. Petersburg Group for Assistance to Detainees
July 15, 2018
On Saturday, Yegor Yekimov was detained in the Petersburg 2018 FIFA World Cup Fan Zone for holding a solo picket in solidarity with Oleg Sentsov and handing out leaflets.
The activist spent the night at the 71st Police Precinct.
Today, the Petrograd District Court sentenced him to five days in jail.
Mr. Yekimov has an illness that requires constant maintenance therapy. He must strictly avoid catching any infection whatsoever.
This fact, however, did not stop Judge Irina Grechishko, who sentenced Mr. Yekimov to jail.
Additionally, Mr. Yekimov is a voting member of an election commission, and the court had no right to try him without authorization from a prosecutor.
Mr. Yekimov has been taken to the detention facility on Zakharyevskaya Street in central Petersburg. Attorney Daniil Semyonov will file an appeal of the verdict tomorrow.
Translated by the Russian Reader