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Member of Pussy Riot ban Verzilov disappears after break-in occurred in his flat in Moscow

Source : 112 Ukraine

According to the mass media, he was taken away by Russian law enforcers for the extremist post on social networks
16:30, 22 June 2020

Petr Verzilov, member of Pussy Riot, activist
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Petr Verzilov, one of the members of Pussy Riot band, publisher of the Russian online media Mediazona and co-founder of Voina (War) art group disappeared after dozen of unknown people broke into his flat in Moscow as Mediazona reported.

“Verzilov had time to inform Mediazone at 7:16 a.m.: “They are breaking down my door”. He has not got in touch after it,” the mass media reported.

The incident took place on June 21. According to the witnesses, about 10 people, two of them in the police uniforms, broke doors of the house rented by Petr Verzilov. He had time to report Mediazona about it and disappeared. The location of the activist remains unknown.

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Later, TASS reported citing its own sources in the law enforcement bodies of Russia that the employees of E Center of the Interior Ministry of Russia detained Petr Verzilov within the verification activities against extremism.

According to Interfax, Verzilov was taken to the Investigative Committee of Russia, where he will testify on the case opened for “posting of the materials of the extremism nature on the social networks”.

According to BBC, possibly, Verzilov will be questioned on the so-called Moscow case.

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On July 27, 2019, the protesters gathered near downtown Moscow to show the solidarity to the independent candidates not admitted to participate in the elections to Moscow City Duma. Russian law enforcers detained 1,388 people (including 76 underaged) and dozens of them were physically assaulted.

The detainees were accused of ‘using violence against representatives of authority’.

 

 

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