The Ministry of Internal Affairs’ Directorate for Murmansk Oblast demands recovering 75 thousand rubles from Violetta Grudina, the ex-head of regional Navalny’s headquarters*, for its work at the rally on January 23, 2021. The activist does not agree to pay for the security forces’ hours worked. Grudina reported this to 7x7.
In Murmansk, police officers have filed a lawsuit against Violetta Grudina, the ex-head of Navalny’s headquarters*, and demanded recovering almost 75 thousand rubles from her for "solving operational tasks for the protection of public order." She was considered the organizer of a rally in support of Alexei Navalny on January 23, 2021.
"I definitely do not agree to pay for their work when I have already done it with my own taxes. It was on January 23 that there were several thousand people, there were not many police officers. They did not interfere," Grudina told 7x7.
The activist noted that such a lawsuit was filed against her for the first time, and this was the smallest amount of compensation for the police's work recovered from activists. The Federal National Guard Troops Service had filed a lawsuit against Alexei Strunin, an activist of Navalny's headquarters* in Murmansk. The Oktyabrsky District Court recovered 278 thousand rubles from him for the "overtime" work of employees on the rally on January 31, 2021. In April 2021, the court fined Grudina for 75 thousand rubles for participating in an unsanctioned rally on April 21.
During 2021, security forces filed lawsuits against the organizers of the rallies in support of Alexei Navalny in January and April. The Ministry of Internal Affairs has recovered the largest amount - more than 2.8 million rubles for the work of police officers at the rallies on January 23 and 31 - from activists in Bashkiriya. In Omsk and Chelyabinsk Oblasts, the police have sued the rallies' participants for 2 million rubles.
Social activists from Kirov have paid the smallest compensation. The regional Ministry of Internal Affairs demanded recovering 183 thousand rubles from Vadim Ananyin and Mikhail Semyonov for the work of police officers on the weekend. But the court reduced the amount of compensation to 103 thousand rubles.