The prominent Russian opposition politician Dmitri Goedkov has fled his country, fearing an arrest. He says on the chat app Telegram that he is going to the Ukrainian capital Kiev.
The 41-year-old Goedkov, who was a member of the Russian parliament from 2011 to 2016, was arrested by the authorities last Tuesday because he would not have paid a rental debt. The opposition politician denies that. He was released Thursday, but remains a suspect.
Goedkov says hes been warned by Kremlins faithful of another arrest. According to him, the purpose of the indictment is to prevent him from participating in the parliamentary elections in September. Next week, he should also appear in court for his participation in a street protest in support of the imprisoned opposition leader Aleksey Navalny.
In recent months, several prominent figures from the Russian opposition movement have fled the country, fearing an arrest. Many of them are faithful to Navalny, who is serving a 2.5 year imprisonment for fraud. Dozens of other people from the Russian opposition movement are also in prison.
Just last week, Andrei Pivovarov, the leader of the pro-democratic organisation Open Russia, was taken out of a plane with great power in Saint Petersburg. Hes been detained by a court for two months pending a lawsuit because of his organization.
A few days before his arrest, Pivovarov announced that Open Russia would cease activities in the country, to protect members of the movement from persecution.