Olga Korpukhina holds solo picket in Volgograd, August 22, 2020. Photo by Vyacheslav Yaschenko for the Caucasian Knot

23 August 2020, 10:50

Volgograd solo picketers in complain about provocateurs

In Volgograd, activists have held solo pickets in support of Alexei Navalny, and protests in Khabarovsk and Belarus. The picketers reported that they were obsessively video filmed and provoked with insulting shouts by people who refused to introduce themselves.

The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that Alexei Navalny, an opposition leader, fell into a coma after being poisoned at the Omsk airport. Navalny's supporters have put forward a version of the attempt on his life.

On August 22, in the Tsentralny District of Volgograd, in the Alley of Heroes, four solo pickets were held.

Svetlana Isaeva, an activist, has complained to the "Caucasian Knot" correspondent about the people, who obsessively photographed her during the picket. She has suggested that they were agents of special services. "Where there is real lawlessness and injustice, they are absent. But here they are very active," the picketer was indignant.

A member of the picketers' support group, who was standing nearby and introduced himself as Andrei, told the "Caucasian Knot" correspondent that, apart from men who obsessively filmed the picketers, a group of youngsters provoked the picketers. "I think local authorities decided to discourage civil activists from publicly expressing their position not with the help of policemen, but with the help of provocateurs," the Volgograd resident has suggested.

This article was originally published on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’ on August 22, 2020 at 06:05 pm MSK. To access the full text of the article, click here.

Author: Vyacheslav Yaschenko Source: CK correspondent

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