Skip to comments.Sochi activist to be detained during Olympics
Posted on 02/05/2014 12:15:36 AM PST by cunning_fish
SOCHI, Russia (AP) A Russian activist who has reported on the environmental fallout from construction for the 2014 Sochi Winter Games has been detained for 15 days for swearing in public.
Yevgeny Vitishko, who is serving a three-year suspended sentence for spray-painting a fence, had planned on traveling to Sochi to present an environmental report.
Vitishko's Sochi lawyer Alexander Popkov said his client was arrested as he was about to leave the town of Tuapse, 72 kilometers (45 miles ) northwest along the coast from Sochi, after formally filing for permission to travel to the Olympic host city. He faced court Monday and was found guilty of swearing at a bus stop, a hooliganism charge.
Rights groups have criticized Russian officials for harassing activists and journalists in the Sochi area.
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Russia’s not yet ready for this, but hopefully it will one day soon.