Anti-corruption rally in Stavropol, March 26, 2017. Photo: RFE/RL

30 March 2017, 14:20

Organizer of anti-corruption rally beaten up in Stavropol

Last night, in Stavropol, unidentified persons have attacked a member of the local branch of the "Youth Yabloko", the organizer of an anti-corruption rally held on March 26.

The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that on March 26 many Russian cities hosted anti-corruption actions – the public reaction to the inquiry conducted by Alexei Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Fund (known as the FBK) into the corruption schemes with the use of charitable funds, acting, according to the FBK, in the interests of Russian Premier Dmitry Medvedev. Mass detentions of protesters took place, in particular, in Krasnodar, Sochi, Rostov-on-Don and Makhachkala.

At night of March 30, Ivan Tansky was beaten at the entrance of his own house. A man in a medical mask approached him, said something about the rally and hit him in his head. This was written on Facebook by Anastasia Antonets, another Stavropol activist of the "Yabloko Party". According to her, Ivan Tansky got a haematoma in the area of his temple.

Ivan Tansky himself claims that he has got only minor bruises and stay at home now. "I've got some bruises and abrasions on my face, and there is nothing serious," the activist told the portal "Caucasus. Realia".

On his Facebook page, Vitaly Zubenko, an advocate of the activist, has written that the complaint to the police about the attack had already been filed.

Earlier, Ivan Tansky and other activists, including Kirill Bobro and Anastasia Antonets, have received threats, reports the Stavropol "Youth Yabloko" on its official page.

Full text of the article is available on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’.

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