Greater than a dozen folks in Moscow have been detained after protesting exterior the Federal Safety Service headquarters on Friday.
Authorities detained round 17 folks, together with journalists, who have been demonstrating in opposition to the prison prices confronted by Russian journalist Svetlana Prokopyeva.
On Friday prosecutors demanded she receives a six-year jail sentence for allegedly justifying terrorism in a case that has drawn outrage from supporters and rights teams.
Prokopyeva wrote an article on the explosion exterior a department of Russia’s important intelligence company in Arkhangelsk in 2018.
Russian authorities recognized the attacker as an area 17-year-old boy and handled the assault as an act of terrorism.
In her opinion piece, Prokopyeva linked the attacker’s motives with the political local weather within the nation.
After the publication, the journalist was accused of publicly justifying terrorism.
The court docket is predicted to announce the decision on Monday.
The protesters worry that Prokopyeva’s case may set off extra repressions within the nation, as individuals are unable to protest legally as a result of coronavirus restrictions.
“Hereafter the society might be decaying, and the repression will strengthen till folks begin expressing their anger. I do not know the way far it (the repressions) can go.”
“We now have the instance of North Korea. I doubt anybody desires to have the identical right here,” one of many protesters, Alexander Matskevich, mentioned.