The Leninsky District Court of Orenburg imposed an administrative arrest on two local residents for picketing a white-blue-white flag on a mobile phone near the House of Soviets. This is stated on the website of the court.
According to Mediazona, we are talking about Yegor Bobkov and Dmitry Golosnyak. Bobkov received 15 days of arrest under an article on repeated violation of the law on rallies, Golosnyak – five days under an article on violating the rules for organizing a picket.
The protocol states that at 4:00 am on January 28, Bobkov and Golosnyak held an uncoordinated picket near the House of Soviets, “using a means of visual agitation – a mobile phone with a white-blue-white flag.”
At the trial, they said that after drinking alcohol and “discussing the situation in the country, they suddenly had the idea to go to the square near the House of Soviets for picketing.” At the same time, no slogans were shouted out, they stood silently, the police officers were told that they were holding a public event against the war in Ukraine. The motives of the act could not be explained.
Since Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, the Russian authorities have tightened the law and prosecuted people for anti-war speeches, inscriptions and symbols, as well as social media posts. The white-blue-white flag was proposed as a symbol of anti-war protest (the idea is to remove the red stripe symbolizing blood from the Russian flag).
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