Two members of Russia’s banned National Bolshevik Party (NBP), Sergey Baranov and Alexey Makarov, have been sentenced to five days in custody for taking part in a peaceful protest. On 3 September 2008, they mounted a slogan, “Putin – Butcher of Beslan,” atop house #2 in Moscow’s Krasnopresnenskaya Embankment. They were charged under Article 20.1 of the Administrative Code (“minor misdemeanor”). The building is located in front of the White House, the seat of the Russian government.
Baranov and Makarov disseminated flyers which stated, “Who but you, citizen Vladimir Putin, gave the order to storm the school? It is because of you that the school was shot at from tanks and grenade launchers. Who did not leave any chances for the children to survive just “to keep one’s image”? Where were your subordinates, the heads of the Interior Ministry and FSB Nurgaliev and Patrushev, at the time of the act of terror?” The flyer ends with the statement, “We are mourning but we will not remain silent.”
Alexey Makarov, 20, has just been released from custody for his involvement in the incident when NBP activists defended the party leader, Eduard Limonov, from an assault by members of the pro-Putin youth movement, Nashi. Makarov has just resumed his studies at the Faculty of Histiry of the Moscow State University. Sergey Baranov, 27, worker at the oil industry in the town of Podolsk (Moscow Region).