Opposition member Udaltsov summoned to court, could face 30,000-ruble fine

Moscow police have accused opposition activist Sergei Udaltsov, who was detained outside the Russian Investigative Committee building, of organizing an unauthorized rally.

"Policemen compiled a protocol against me based on Article 20.2 of the Russian Code of Administrative Offences and served me with a summons to appear at the 390th district magistrate court on August 16," Udaltsov told Interfax on Thursday.

Udaltsov said that he could face a fine of up to 30,000 rubles under Russia's new law on rallies if found guilty.

"It is an unhealthy tendency. Obviously, a task was set to suppress by political activity by such protocols," he said.

Udaltsov vowed to defend his rights in court.

Opposition activists have been gathering outside the Investigative Committee building to show their solidarity with those arrested following the May 6 clashes on Moscow's Bolotnaya Square.

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