Former mayor of Yekaterinburg Evgeny Royzman, recognized by the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia as an inactive agent, was detained by police and may be charged with a demonstration of extremist symbolism
This was reported by his lawyer Vladislav Idamzhapov. "It is about the fact that Evgeny Vadimovich once, according to the police, made a repost on “VKontakte” - he said. What article the protocol will be drawn up for or what kind of repost it was is unknown yet, the lawyer added. The lawyer also emphasized that Royzman "never personally used the “VKontakte” network".
The rigid suppression of any manifestations of unacceptable opinions (which is interpreted by Russian security forces as extremism) is a systematic practice in Russia. It is typical that Royzman's arrest took place immediately after yesterday's meeting of the expanded collegium of the Prosecutor General's Office of Russia, at which Vladimir Putin demanded from the prosecutor's office to "fight extremism more actively".