Arrested giving legal assistance to 12 June protesters
On 13 June 2017 in St Petersburg human rights activist DINAR IDRISOV was arrested as he sought to provide legal assistance to protesters and activists on trial following the protests against corruption held on 12 June.
On 14 June Dinar Idrisov was sentenced under administrative law to 14 days in jail for “petty hooliganism”. Front Line Defenders issued a statement expressing its concern about the the administrative conviction of Dinar Idrisov, stating that Idrisov’s conviction was “in reprisal for his defense of people detained during the demonstrations of 12 June 2016 and directly related to his human rights work in denouncing human rights violations in the Russian Federation.”
Front Line Defenders called for the Russian authorities to take three steps:
“1. Immediately quash the sentence Dinar Idrisov and take all necessary measures to ensure his immediate and unconditional release and to guarantee his physical and psychological security and integrity;
“2. Carry out an immediate, thorough and impartial investigation into attack and arbitrary arrest of Dinar Idrisov, with a view to publishing the results and bringing those responsible to justice in accordance with international standards;
“3. Guarantee in all circumstances that all human rights defenders in the Russian Federation are able to carry out their legitimate human rights activities without fear of reprisals and free of all restrictions.”
Front Line Defenders describes the events leading up to Dinar Idrisov’s arrest on 13 June 2017 as follows:
On 13 June 2017 at the Dzerzhinsky district Court of Saint Petersburg, Dinar Idrisov was attempting to provide legal assistance to activists and protesters who were on trial after they were arbitrarily detained during the anti-corruption demonstrations in Saint Petersburg on 12 June 2017. A judge of the court denied him access to the detainees and ordered his arrest. In the court building, the police accused Dinar Idrisov of failure to follow an order of a judge or bailiff under Article 17.3 of the Administrative Code of the Russian Federation, and released him. When Dinar Idrisov left the court building, an unidentified person threw a bottle at him, that the defender managed to avoid. Immediately following the attack, police officers arrested Dinar Idrisov and took him to a special administrative detention facility in Gatchina city.
At 6 pm on 14 June 2017, Dinar Idrisov was put on trial by the Dzerzhinsky district Court of Saint Petersburg, where he was found guilty of ”petty hooliganism” under Article 20.1 of the Administrative Code of the Russian Federation, owing to ‘swearwords’ that the defender allegedly directed at his attacker. The court hearing lasted six hours and was held behind closed doors. After the court announced the guilty verdict, Dinar Idrisov was transferred to a detention centre in Gatchina city to serve his sentence.
Source: ‘Dinar Idrisov receives administrative sentence,’
Front Line Defenders, 16 June 2017