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MOSCOW, February 3 (Itar-Tass) —— Reporter Olga Romanova, who announced on Thursday, she would leave the organizing committee of the opposition rally of February 4, explained the decision by her busy schedule.
“On February 2, it was for the first time in my life that I missed court hearings. My own hearings. About my husband, where I am a lawyer. Because I had to choose: either the rally or the husband. I chose the rally for just one day. Later on, it will be the husband,” she wrote on Facebook.
Within the organizing committee she was responsible for collecting money for the opposition's rallies.
“I have been and will be at the rallies. But I cannot continue being the ‘wallet’ along with being the lawyer in the court,” she stressed.
Earlier, another member of the rally’s organizing committee, and co-chairman of the unregistered Party of People’s Freedom /PARNAS/ Boris Nemtsov explained Romanova’s decision by “reproaches from instigators and scoundrels” referring to collecting money for organisation of the rallies.
In 2009 Olga Romanova’s husband, entrepreneur Alexei Kozlov was found guilty of a big fraud and attempt of money laundring. He was sentenced to eight years of imprisonment. Later, the reversal of judgement reduced the punishment first to seven, and then to five years of imprisonment. On September 20, 2011 the Supreme Court denounced the sentence and forwarded the case for new investigation, and Kozlov’s preventive punishment was changed to a recognisance not to leave.