Leftist activists detained in Tyumen

The leader of the Russian leftist opposition movement, Vanguard of Red Youth (AKM), Sergey Udaltsov, and an activist of the banned National Bolshevik Party (NBP), Damir Gilyazov, were detained by police in Tyumen, where they were scheduled to meet with local activists.

Sobkorr.ru reports that Udaltsov and Gilyazov were detained on 12 July 2008 near the building where the meeting was to have taken place. The police said they were suspected of a series of robberies. Udaltsov and Gilyazov were taken to the local police headquarters, where they were held for three hours.

At the same time, the administration of the conference hall announced that water had been cut off in the building, and the meeting could thus not be held.

After Udaltsov and Gilyazov were released, they tried to organise the meeting at the home of a deputy in the local city council. However, shortly after the meeting began, the fire department and police arrived at the scene and announced that there was a bomb in the house.

Despite the difficulties, Udaltsov intends to go ahead with the meeting. He said the event was preparation for the national day of social protests, which will take place in autumn.

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