Police raid ahead of demonstration

Early in the morning of 25 October 2008, police in the Russian city of Nizhny Novgorod raided the apartment of Yuri Staroverov, one of the organisers of an opposition rally to be held in the city today. The police searched his apartment for fliers about the demonstration, the “Day of Popular Wrath.”

Police from the city’s organised crime unit (UBOP), tasked with combating “extremism,” searched Mr Staroverov’s apartment as part of a criminal investigation into his alleged participation in the activities of an extremist organisation. Mr Staroverov is a member of the banned National Bolshevik Party (NBP).

The police confiscated Mr Staroverov’s property valued at RUR 15,000, including his computer, USB memory sticks, and several publications. In March 2008, police raided his apartment, confiscating property valued at RUR 40,000. At the moment, police is preventing Mr Staroverov from leaving his apartment.

As part of the “Day of Popular Wrath,” demonstrations are being held in many cities throughout Russia. The demonstrations demand drastic changes in the government’s policy in the sphere of labour, housing, pensions, education, and other social issues. The demonstration in Nizhny Novgorod is licensed.

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