Influential dissident Andrei Pivovarov, former director of the NGO Open Russia, was charged this Tuesday with running an “undesirable organization,” the organization’s coordinator, Tatiana Usmanova, reported.
“The Committee of Inquiry of the Krasnodar Territory has charged Andrei Pivovarov under Article 284.1 of the Criminal Code,” Usmanova said, according to the TASS news agency.
Pivovarov was arrested on June 2 and has to remain in detention center No. 1 in Krasnodar until July 31. The dissident was arrested on May 31 in St. Petersburg while trying to fly to Warsaw.
According to the indictment, Pivovarov distributed propaganda content in support of an organization that the Russian government had declared “undesirable”. Last week, Open Russia announced it was closing its offices, including those at its regional headquarters.
If found guilty, Pivovarov faces up to six years in prison. The opponent described his arrest as an example of “there is no law”.