Russian Activists Detained for Protesting Against Jailing of Journalist

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Activists were detained in Moscow and St. Petersburg on May 29 after protesting against a 15-day jail sentence handed down to prominent Russian journalist Ilya Azar. He was arrested for holding a one-person protest in support of activist Vladimir Vorontsov, who has worked to expose alleged violations within Russia’s law enforcement agencies.
READ MORE: A Moscow district court has sentenced a prominent Russian journalist to 15 days in jail, while police detained several other journalists who were rallying in his support.

Ilya Azar, a 35-year-old local legislator and journalist for the independent Novaya Gazeta newspaper, was sentenced on May 25 after being found guilty of repeatedly violating Russia’s strict protest laws.

According to OVD-Info, an independent website tracking detentions at political protests, six journalists who had gathered at Moscow police headquarters in solidarity with Azar were detained.

They were holding single-person pickets, which are allowed under Russian law, reports said.