July 31 demonstrators in St. Petersburg arrested and fined

A court has imposed administrative fines and arrests on attendees of the July 31 opposition demonstration in St. Petersburg, the local office of The Other Russia movement told Interfax on Wednesday.

"Mariya Shariya and Irina Dyomina were released from the courtroom. They asked for their case hearings to be transferred to their local courts. Yevgeniya Popova was fined 1,000 rubles for disobeying police orders, and the case over her attendance of an unsanctioned mass event was also sent to her local court," a source said.

"Sergei Chepiga, Sergei Grebnev and Sergei Maksimov were sentenced by the court to a one-day administrative arrest for disobeying police orders and fined 10,000 rubles each for attending an unsanctioned mass event. Alexander Kulakov too will spend one day under arrest, but his fine is higher - 11,000 rubles," the source said.

It was reported that a group of citizens tried to stage an unsanctioned rally outside the Gostiny Dvor metro station in central St. Petersburg last night. About ten people were arrested.

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