MOSCOW, May 9 (Itar-Tass) —— A protocol of administrative offence has been drawn against coordinator of the opposition Left Front Sergei Udaltsov who was detained for taking part in the so-called “public gathering” near Moscow’s Patriarshiye Prudy ponds, his lawyer Nikolai Polozov told Itar-Tass early on Wednesday.
“Currently, a protocol has been drawn at the Basmannoye police station against Udaltsov under article 19.3, part 1 of the Russian Code of Administrative Offence (disobedience to lawful demand of a police officer),” he said.
According to the lawyer, Udalsov felt sick over gastric ulcer. An ambulance car was called for him.
Udaltsov however did not recognize his guilt.
This is Udaltsov’s second detention in the recent days, Earlier he was fined 1,000 roubles for unlawful actions during an opposition rally on May 6.
Earlier on Wednesday, a protocol of administrative offence was drawn against another opposition activist, blogger Alexander Navalny, who was detained for taking part in an unauthorized action in Moscow’s Nikitsky Boulevard.
Meanwhile, a spokesman for the Moscow police department said that about 200 opposition activists were detained in Moscow on May 8. A number of activists were detained more than once throughout the day.
In the majority of cases police actions were confined only to warnings and calls to stop unsanctioned actions. Activists were taken to police stations only in the event of recurring illegal actions, the spokesman noted.
“In all there were about 200 detentions, including recurrent ones. Some people ignored warnings and made recurrently attempted to take part in unauthorized action, thus violating public order,” the spokesman said.