Legal Case of the Week: Court upholds fine on David Frenkel, victim of police assault

Week-ending 11 September 2020

David Frenkel suffered a broken bone in the incident at a St. Petersburg polling station in late June. Source: RFE/RL

On Thursday, 10 September 2020, RFE/RL reported that a court in Russia’s second-largest city, St. Petersburg, has upheld a lower court decision to fine a journalist whose collarbone was broken by a police officer while being taken into custody in July. David Frenkel said on Twitter that the St. Petersburg City Court announced its decision on September 10. In late July, the Dzerzhinskiy district court in St. Petersburg fined Frenkel, a Mediazona news-website correspondent, 2,500 rubles ($33) after finding him guilty of refusing to follow a police officer’s instruction, meddling in the work of a polling station, and the violation of coronavirus restrictions on June 30.

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