Pyotr Verzilov

At the weekend it became known that in Moscow have detained the publisher of “media zones” and the participant art-groups “War” and Pussy Riot Peter Verzilova. First, in the network there were reports about his kidnapping, because the apartment Verzilova broke down the door, and he hours not contacted. br>
Later Verzilov said that he was interrogated at the “Moscow case”, and the search in the apartment of sanctioned major-General Rustam Gabdulin, who heads the investigative group. Gathered in our material the main thing that is known about the situation for today.

the arrest

In a press there were several versions of what happened. So, with reference to its sources TASS reported that Verzilova detained “within the framework of the verification measures on extremism”. The channel REN TV said that the reason for detention was the publication Verzilovym in the Internet photos, the caption to which was added a quote from a song by Ukrainian artist, making extremist calls against Russia.

Pyotr Verzilov

And the chief editor of “media zones” Sergei Smirnov suggested that Verzilova could be detained in connection with the alleged preparation of actions for the Victory day parade, which is scheduled for June 24. However, Smirnov said that to his knowledge no action Verzilov is not ready. Denied this version and later Peter himself.

However this version is the BBC said an anonymous source from the environment Verzilova. According to him, one of the rehearsals of the parade, the activist wanted to make the frame, repeating with the legendary Tiananmen square in Beijing — the person standing in front of the tank. Original photo taken in 1989, became a symbol of the suppression of the student protests in China.

Later it became known that the searches the police came to the founder of the gallery “ART 4” Igor Markin, who conducted the exhibition about the history of the radical art group “War”, as well as exhibitions devoted to the work of Pussy Riot, Pyotr Pavlensky and Oleg Navalny.

According to him, the searches took place in the gallery, and his apartment, which is adjacent to the exhibition room. As said Markin, this was attended by 15-20 people, including riot police. In a press-service GU MVD of Russia in Moscow this information to journalists didn’t comment.

Peter Verzilov and Alexei Navalny


Pyotr Verzilov told that he was taken to the police station on Krasnosel’skiy district, where he was questioned in connection with the events of July 27, 2019, i.e. the so-called “Moscow case”. We will remind, then underwent a series of unauthorized rallies in support of candidates for the Moscow city election Commission did not allow the elections to the Moscow city Duma.

Verzilov said his interrogation lasted 13 hours, and he asked a lot of questions about the Bulk and��TDCI abroad. The activist pointed out that at the time of the rallies was in Estonia, where he worked as a counselor at a children’s camp, however, he explained that talking to him not as a participant but as the “organizer of mass riots”. Following the interrogation Verzilova was released.

Peter Verzilov did not show anything, it remained in the status of the witness at the “Moscow case”, which de facto closed, it is not investigated. Obviously, it was used as a pretext for a search, long investigation and, in particular, to pick up the cell phone. br>
do Not be surprised if all this is a huge operation was directed only to the removal of mobile phone to check, he prepared all the same action or not,

— commented the “Echo of Moscow” the situation Sergey Smirnov.

New detention

After Pyotr Verzilov was released after questioning at the exit of the police station he was attacked by provocateur (the name of the young man in the press is not mentioned).

Provocateur attacked and just knocked down — there was no fight, and there were two Opera around and the cops in 20 seconds,

he described the incident Verzilov correspondent, BBC.

Peter Verzilov and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova

At the same time the attacker himself, the young man claims that “they just collided and fell to the ground”. His words leads “the Media”. Both were eventually taken away in OVD “petty-bourgeois” for further proceedings. Verzilov was also left in the office overnight.

According to the head of the international human rights group “Agora” Pavel chikova, the publisher of “media zones” made the report on petty hooliganism (article 20.1 of the administrative code). Article provides punishment till 15 days of arrest.

this morning it became known that Verzilova was taken to TRAVMPUNKT to fix the injury after yesterday’s attack. Lawyer Peter Leonid Solovyov about it has not been notified.

Peter Verzilova left for the night in OVD “petty-bourgeois” and today the court considered an administrative case for hooliganism and sent to 15 days. To the 15 days when the parade and voting, Pyotr Verzilov spent on the street, God forbid, doing some action, and in the detention center,

— said Sergey Smirnov.

Specify that a formal decision in relation to Verzilova is still pending. According to the lawyer, the court is to be held in the afternoon in the Meshchansky district court of Moscow.