Anastasia Yemelyanova. Screenshot of the activist's video appeal on the YouTube channel "Phokhladny stands for law and order" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ER_sBMpY068&feature=youtu.be

21 March 2019, 20:17

In Kabardino-Balkaria, activist harassed by police after complaining of counterfeit goods

Law enforcers accused activist Anastasia Yemelyanova of disorderly conduct and threatened her with opening a criminal case after she had complained about counterfeit goods from the local market. According to the activist, corrupt law enforcers stand behind the counterfeit trade.

The incident occurred on March 19. The activist tried to achieve a ban on the sale of poor-quality sportswear and shoes labeled as products of famous brands.

The counterfeit trade is controlled by an influential person, Anastasia Yemelyanova states.

"These are often dangerous goods, since they are not certified. These clothes and shoes produce a strong chemical smell," the activist said.

On March 19, Anastasia Yemelyanova began to shoot on video the sales outlets which were selling counterfeit goods. Merchants reacted aggressively to the appearance of the activist: they began to drive her away, and then one of the merchants snatched the camera from the activist's hands and broke it.

Anastasia Yemelyanova is well-known for her active citizenship. Earlier, she has supported the truck drivers' protest against the "Platon" toll system and participated in pickets against corruption initiated all over Russia by supporters of Alexei Navalny.

This article was originally published on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’ on March 21, 2019 at 02:07 am MSK. To access the full text of the article, click here.

Author: Lyudmila Maratova; Source: CK correspondent

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