First Thing, Daily Maverick's flagship newsletter

Join the 230 000 South Africans who read First Thing newsletter.

Russia Has Detained Former Opposition Deputy, Tass News...



Russia Has Detained Former Opposition Deputy, Tass News Agency Says

Russian special police units officers detain a protester in St Petersburg, Russia on 23 January 2021 during a demonstration in support of Russian opposition leader and anti-corruption activist Alexei Navalny. (Photo: EPA-EFE / Anatoly Maltsev)
By Bloomberg
01 Jun 2021 1

Opposition politician Dmitry Gudkov, a former deputy in Russia’s lower house of parliament, was detained Tuesday, Tass reported, citing unidentified people in law enforcement.

By Jake Rudnitsky

Word Count: 170
(Bloomberg) — 

Lera Gudkova, the politician’s wife, confirmed the detention via Facebook and said his aunt was also being held in the case.

His detention comes amid a widening crackdown against opponents of President Vladimir Putin since Kremlin foe Alexey Navalny returned to Russia earlier this year.

Gudkov will be held for 48 hours during an investigation of unpaid rent for a commercial space from 2015 to 2017, Tass said, citing one of the people. He could face as much as five years in jail on the charges, according to Tass.

Earlier in the day, Andrey Pivovarov, the former executive director of Open Russia, told Ekho Moskvy radio station that he was detained after boarding a flight to Warsaw at St. Petersburg’s airport. Last week, Pivovarov said he was terminating Open Russia’s activities due to amendments to the law on undesirable organizations.


Comments - share your knowledge and experience

Please note you must be a Maverick Insider to comment. Sign up here or sign in if you are already an Insider.

Everybody has an opinion but not everyone has the knowledge and the experience to contribute meaningfully to a discussion. That’s what we want from our members. Help us learn with your expertise and insights on articles that we publish. We encourage different, respectful viewpoints to further our understanding of the world. View our comments policy here.

All Comments 1

  • Cyril, you and your mates are all good Communists. Why dont you learn from Putin and just jail Zumas and Magashule and Yengeni etc. Save us all from this messy,expensive and incredibly boring charade daily.

Please peer review 3 community comments before your comment can be posted