The Kremlin’s Political Prisoners: #MoscowElectionCrisis The Case of Yulia Galyamina
Yulia Galyamina, a Municipal Deputy and unregistered candidate for the Moscow City Parliament, has been jailed for a third consecutive time this week on the same charge of “organizing an unsanctioned rally.”
Yulia Galyamina, a Municipal Deputy and unregistered candidate for the Moscow City Parliament, has been jailed for a third consecutive time this week on the same charge of “organizing an unsanctioned rally.” She is one of several other rally organizers and participants who remain jailed following the July 27 event that was organized to draw attention to the disqualification of her candidacy and the candidacy of several other independent candidates not aligned with the Kremlin or Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin’s political factions.
Galyamina had already served one 15-day jail sentence, followed by her immediate arrest and detention for an additional 10-day sentence. Upon her release on August 22, she was immediately arrested again and is expected to serve another 10 days in jail.
Galyamina is a municipal deputy in the Timiryazevsky district of Moscow and a research fellow and a PhD candidate in philology at Lomonosov Moscow State University and a lecturer in linguistics and journalism at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow. She is one of the founding members of the unregistered “Party of December 5th.” In 2016, she ran as a candidate for the State Duma of the Russian Federation and was the most successful among other opposition candidates.
Galyamina is still suffering from pain in her jaw after police struck her during a rally in 2017, breaking her jaw and several teeth.
Hundreds of scientists, teachers and journalists signed an open letter demanding the Moscow Central Election Commission reconsider its decision on the refusal of Yulia Galyamina and other candidates to register for the ballot.