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Russian Activist Fined For Organizing Unsanctioned Gathering

Sergei Udaltsov is detained on October 12
Russian opposition activist Sergei Udaltsov was fined for organizing an unsanctioned meeting, RFE/RL's Russian Service reports.

Moscow's Tver District Court found Udaltsov guilty of organizing a mass gathering on October 12 in front of the Moscow Mayoral Office without official permission and fined him the equivalent of $50.

Udaltsov, coordinator of the Left Front movement, told RFE/RL that he does not agree with the verdict and plans to appeal.

On October 12, activists in Moscow tried to stage a mass gathering in front of the mayor's office in order to send a message to the soon-to-be-named replacement for Yury Luzhkov as mayor. Sergei Sobyanin, a close aide to Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, was confirmed as mayor on October 21.

Police dispersed the gathering, arresting dozens of people, including Udaltsov and well-known human rights activist Lev Ponomarev.