Nikolai Zimirev. Screenshot of a video posted on YouTube

29 February 2024, 14:31

Russian cross-country skiing champion Zimiryov arrested in Sochi for 15 days after action in Navalny's memory

A court in Sochi has sentenced Nikolai Zimiryov, who was detained after an action in memory of Alexei Navalny, to arrest. He has been convicted of posting extremist symbols in social networks.

The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that Nikolai Zimiryov, a Russian ski champion, who on February 17 attracted law enforcers' attention by his action in memory of Navalny, was not in touch for five days after his detention.

On February 17, Zimiryov brought flowers to the memorial to Alexei Navalny; on that day he was detained but released. A few days later he was called to the police station, after which he stopped communicating, Alipat Sultanbegova, an activist, has informed.

According to the Tsentralny District Court of Sochi, Zimiryov had posted in a social network "a modified Russian flag with three horizontal stripes, in which the red stripe was replaced by a white one." This image was treated as "attributes of an extremist organization banned in Russia."

Let us note her that Zimiryov has earlier spoken out openly on socially significant topics. Thus, after law enforcers detained Navalny's supporters of in January 2021, he recorded a video message addressed to law enforcers.

"If you have not an ounce of dignity and self-respect, stop dishonouring decent officers. By using violence, you are killing the health of our nation. Our citizens have the right to speak openly about the issues that concern them," he stated in his video message.

This article was originally published on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’ on February 28, 2024 at 01:02 pm MSK. To access the full text of the article, click here.

Source: Caucasian Knot

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