Supporters of Fayel Alsinof gathered in front of the court in Bajamak to demand the release of the activist. The demonstration turned into violent clashes, and some people even tried to block the entrance to the court, he wrote BBC.
The Guardian newspaper published a video of the demonstrators, according to the footage
An attempt was made to stop the protesters by rioting, and tear gas was fired against many.
According to the portal's information, some demonstrators were seriously injured during clashes with the police, and a number of others easier They were injured.
Local media reported that dozens of demonstrators were arrested after they threw various objects or snowballs at the police. All this can be clearly seen in another shot:
🚨 More than 5,000 people from the Russian-occupied Republic of Bashkortostan are fighting against Putin's fascist regime after one of them, Phil Alsenov, was kidnapped when he was sentenced to 4 years in prison by a Kangaroo court. pic.twitter.com/6w5lYxWkYo
– Igor Suchko (@igorushko) January 17, 2024
The authorities began measures against some demonstrators on charges of “mass riots.” If convicted, they could face up to 15 years in prison.
I advise everyone to come to their senses and stop ruining their lives
Bashkir Interior Minister Rafail Devayev warned the demonstrators.
The activist is accused of racism
According to the BBC, Alsenov is accused of insulting immigrants during an anti-mining protest. The activist is accused of calling Central Asians and Caucasians living in Russia “blacks,” a pejorative term in the Russian language.
But the activist said that the word means “poor” in the Bashkir language, and that his words were translated incorrectly.
Alsenov also previously criticized the military mobilization taking place in the region, describing it as a genocide of the Bashkirs. As he said, a disproportionate number of ethnic minorities are being sent to fight against Ukraine.
The activist has long fought to preserve Bashkir identity, but his movement was banned in 2020 after it was considered an extremist act.