2021-03-22 10:00:00

FBK lawyer Sobol attends church service in violation of conditions of her house arrest

Moscow, March 22, Interfax - FBK (Anti-Corruption Foundation, recognized as a foreign agent in Russia) lawyer Lyubov Sobol has violated the conditions of house arrest, the measure of restraint imposed on her by the court in a criminal case in which she is charged with inciting to violation of sanitary-epidemiological rules during an unsanctioned demonstration in Moscow on January 23.

"Lyubov attended a church service near her place of residence today. Upon her return, she was met by an officer of the Federal Penitentiary Service, who asked her to explain her absence at home, as she violated the conditions of house arrest," Vladimir Voronin, lawyer for Sobol, told Interfax on Sunday.

The penitentiary service officer must pass her explanations on o the investigator, Voronin said.

"The investigator may, in turn, petition the court to change the measure of restraint on her or it may choose not to do so. We'll have to wait and see," he said.

As reported earlier, the Basmanny District Court of Moscow extended on Friday the restrictive measures imposed on defendants in the case for another three months, until June 23, 2021.

On January 23, many Russian cities including Moscow saw unsanctioned rallies and demonstrations in support of Alexey Navalny, who had been arrested upon his return to Russia a few days before.

Police launched criminal inquiries, including on charges of violating sanitary-epidemic rules, violence against representatives of a public authority, and disruptive behavior.

The probe into the so-called sanitary case has been taken over by the headquarters of the Russian Investigative Committee from the Interior Ministry's Moscow branch.

The ten suspects in the case include Navalny's brother Oleg and his press secretary Kira Yarmysh, Pussy Riot member Maria Alyokhina, FBK's Lyaskin, and others. Almost all are now under house arrest.