Week-ending 4 June 2021
On 1 June 2021 Russian opposition politician and former State Duma deputy Dmitry Gudkov was arrested, his dacha was searched. On 3 June he was released wthout charge 48 hours after his arrest.
RFE/RL, 1 June 2021: Russian opposition politician and former State Duma deputy Dmitry Gudkov said law enforcement officers have searched his cottage and the homes of some of his close associates. Gudkov said in a post on his Telegram channel on June 1 that the search occurred at his cottage in Kolomna, about 100 kilometers southeast of Moscow. “There is a search at my dacha near Kolomna. The same for my former assistant Aleksandr Solovyov. The same for my chief of staff Vitaly Venidiktov. I don’t know the formal reason. The real reason, though, is clear,” he wrote.
RFE/RL, 3 June 2021: Russian opposition politician and former lawmaker Dmitry Gudkov was released from custody on June 3 without being formally charged. Gudkov was detained in Moscow two days earlier over an allegedly unpaid debt on a rented property dating from several years ago. A court had been expected to consider the terms of his pretrial detention, but the hearing did not take place. The politician was legally required to be released on the evening of June 3 as 48 hours had elapsed since his detention.