Attack on the Apartment of Stanislav Dmitrievsky

6 November 2012 

Source: HRO.org (info
In Nizhny Novgorod in the early morning of Sunday 4 November there was an attack on the apartment of human rights defender Stanislav Dmitrievsky. "My wife has just phoned. There was an attack on my home at 4:30 in the morning. Both CCTV cameras were torn out, the glass in the kitchen window was broken (we live on the first floor), the key hole of the main door into the apartment was filled with cement," Dmitrievsky wrote on his Facebook page. At that time his wife and child were at home. Dmitrievsky himself was at a conference in Sweden. Police were called to the apartment but refused to call out investigators, Grani.ru reports.

On Sunday the Nizhny Novgorod Civic March took place without official sanction. Before the demonstration there was a series of attacks on offices and apartments belonging to  members of the opposition, and illegal ‘preventive detentions’ were made. 

Late on Saturday evening for no reason traffic police detained Anna Kuznetsova, a local activist with The Other Russia, and Gennady Stroganov, a Moscow activist, as they were walking along the street. Unknown persons stole one of the number plates from the car of human rights defender Evgeniya Testova-Kaminskaya, and painted over the other. The day before, on the orders of the local police department, a group of building workers had been detained, that included three local activists. They were held by police for several hours without being charged with any offences.

Interfax reports that on 6 November in Nizhny Novogorod the first trials took place of those detained during the ‘Nizhny Novogorod Civic March – March of the Regions.' 

Ekaterina Zaitseva, an activist from the local division of The Other Russia, told the Interfax-Povolzhye news agency on Tuesday that the court sentenced four of the detainees to days in prison, and they have already been released since the court ruled that the period they spent in police cells should be counted.

According to Interfax, Yury Staroverov, a member of the executive committee of the local division of The Other Russia, was sentenced to two days’ prison for administrative offences. She said five other detainees were released earlier, while another three, including a young woman from Moscow, were at that time in court.

Other detainees remain in police stations in a number of districts throughout Nizhny Novgorod (the Nizhegorodsky, Moskovsky, Prioksky and Sovetsky districts) - Interfax reports, citing Ekaterina Zaitseva.

In the early hours of 1 November, the office where the meetings of the the Nizhny Novgorod Civic Movement take place had been attacked.



Photo by Ilya Morozov, a reporter with the newspaper Gorod i gorozhane of the rally in Nizhny Novgorod on 5 November (published on the Facebook page of Marat Fatkhullin)

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