Over a dozen individuals in Moscow have been arrested following protests outside the Federal Security Service headquarters Friday.
Authorities arrested around 17 individuals, including journalists, who had been demonstrating against the criminal charges faced by Russian writer Svetlana Prokopyeva.
On Friday prosecutors required she receives a six-year prison sentence for supposedly justifying terrorism in a situation that has drawn outrage from supporters and rights groups.
Prokopyeva wrote a post on the explosion outside a branch of Russia’s most important intelligence agency in Arkhangelsk in 2018.
Russian police identified the attacker as a neighborhood 17-year-old boy and handled the attack as an act of terrorism.
In her opinion piece, Prokopyeva connected the attacker’s motives with all the political climate in the nation.
Following the novel, the journalist has been accused of openly justifying terrorism.
The court is expected to announce the verdict on Monday.
The protesters fear that Prokopyeva’s case might activate more repressions from the nation, as individuals cannot protest legally as a result of coronavirus restrictions.
“Hereafter the society will soon be sterile, and the repression will fortify until people begin expressing their anger. I don’t understand how much it (that the repressions) can proceed.”
“We’ve got the case of North Korea. I doubt anybody wishes to possess the same here,” one of those protesters,” Alexander Matskevich, stated.