Legal Case of the Week: Andrei Pivovarov charged under ‘foreign agent’ law

Week-ending 11 June 2021

This week Andrei Pivovarov, former executive director of the Open Russia movement, was charged with failing to provide authorities with information about Open Russia after it had been designated a ‘foreign agent’ NGO. Last week he was removed from a Warsaw-bound flight in St Petersburg and remanded in custody for two months.


RFE/RL, 8 June 2021: The jailed former executive director of the pro-democracy Open Russia movement, Andrei Pivovarov, has been charged with failure to provide authorities with details of his group, which had been added to “foreign agents” registry. Pivovarov, who was arrested and placed in pretrial detention for two months last week after he was removed from a Warsaw-bound plane in St. Petersburg, wrote in a Telegram post that the charge is related to the Open Petersburg educational group that he established in 2017 and which the Justice Ministry labeled as a “foreign agent” in December. If found guilty, Pivovarov faces a fine of up to 300,000 rubles ($4,100).

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