Russia: Council faces dissolution after call for Putin’s removal

Source: Reuters

“A group of St Petersburg local politicians who called for President Vladimir Putin to be sacked over the war in Ukraine faces the likely dissolution of their district council following a judge’s ruling on Tuesday, one of the deputies said. Nikita Yuferev said the judge decided that a series of past council meetings had been invalid, paving the way for it to be broken up by the regional governor. Another council member, Dmitry Palyuga, said the same court then fined him 47,000 roubles ($780) for ‘discrediting’ the authorities by calling for Putin’s removal. Court officials could not be reached by telephone for comment. Four more members of the Smolninskoye local council are due to appear in court in the next two days.” (09/13/22)

https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/russian-council-faces-dissolution-after-call-putins-removal-2022-09-13/