MOSCOW, January 29. /TASS/. Moscow’s Tverskoy District Court has placed Oleg Navalny, brother of blogger Alexey Navalny, on house arrest over violation of sanitary-epidemiological norms, the court informed TASS.
"The court satisfied the appeal of the investigation on placing Oleg Navalny on house arrest until March 23," the court said.
Earlier, the same court sent Oleg Stepanov, coordinator of Navalny’s headquarters, on house arrest until the same date. The court is also considering the appeals of the prosecution to use the same measure of restraint against activists Lyubov Sobol and Maria Alyokhina, as well as Anastasia Vasilyeva, head of the Alliance of Doctors.
The day before, the police detained Oleg Navalny, Maria Alyokhina, Anastasia Vasilyeva, Oleg Stepanov and Lyubov Sobol for violation of sanitary norms during an unsanctioned protest in Moscow.
A criminal case was launched over the fact that several people who tested positive for COVID-19 attended Saturday’s rallies, according to the information provided by Moscow’s anti-coronavirus crisis center.
The Russian Investigative Committee launched over 20 criminal cases on the outcomes of unsanctioned protests in Russia on January 23. Only in Moscow, there are 7 criminal cases opened under Article 318 of the Russian Criminal Code (use of violence by rally participants against members of law enforcement).