Women found guilty of holding ‘unlawful’ event say ruling aims to stifle complaints about MP

Two Russian activists have been found guilty of staging an unlawful protest, in what they claim is an official backlash against their campaign for sexual harassment allegations made against MP Leonid Slutsky to be taken seriously.

Authorities arrested Alena Popova, Anastasiya Glushkova and Anastasiya Alekseeva last week on the charge of having organised a mass event without permission after they protested with a cardboard cutout of Slutsky outside the State Duma in Moscow.

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