The elderly parents of the Russian journalist, Natalia Petrova, were detained at a polling station in Kazan. Earlier in September, police beat up both Natalia Petrova and her parents.
Nina Petrova and Gennady Petrov were detained by police lieutenant Nikolay Lyovochkin. The couple was accused of defamation for revealing the facts of police violence against them.
The Petrovs contacted Svetlana Gannushkina, chair of the Civic Assistance Committee and member of the President’s Commission on Human Rights.
Lt Lyovochkin told Gannushkina that he was taking the Petrovs to the police station for questioning. Gannushkina asked why the Petrovs could not wait for their lawyer to accompany them to the police station, to which the police lieutenant answered that he was simply acting under orders.
Gannushkina told Kasparov.ru that the authorities seem to wish to demonstrate the level of violence and arbitrariness that they are going to resort to. It is as if they wanted to tell everybody that now you will see what we really are, she said.
Nina Petrova told Kasparov.ru that they were detained by a policeman in civilian clothes as soon as they entered the polling station. The police told them that they would be held in custody for two days.
The Petrovs are still at the polling station. The police is waiting for the polling station to close before escorting the elderly couple to the police station, so as not to attract the attention of other people.
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