Arrested for insulting a snowman

Saturday, March 22, 2008 at 4:29 | Posted in civil rights, russia | Leave a comment

The Finnish-Russian Civic Forum reports that the police in Nizhny Novgorod on Thursday raided the local office of the Foundation for the Promotion of Tolerance. All computers at the office were confiscated and the office was sealed. Homes of several opposition activists were searched by the police.

Also in Nizhny Novgorod, five activists of the National Bolshevik Party (NBP) were arrested for, believe it or not, “insulting the snowman“:

On 21 March 2008, members of the banned National Bolshevik Party (NBP) made a snowman outside the regional prosecutor’s office in Nizhny Novgorod. The nine opposition activists hung a sign on the snowman reading “The Biggest Extremist”.

The chief of local police came out and tore up the sign, saying the opposition activists had “insulted the snowman”. The police then arrested five of the activists.

Mockery trials are expected to take place in Nizhny Novgorod. Let us just hope for warmer weather so that the snowman would melt away before giving evidence in court.

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