Ilya Yashin

Ilya Yashin (b. on June 29, 1983 in Moscow) is one of the key leaders of the Russian political movement Solidarnost. He is also the leader of the Moscow branch of the People's Freedom Party, in which the Solidarnost participates.

Until 2008 he was the leader of Yabloko party's youth wing, organizing mass protests and speaking to the media about its causes. However, when he became an active member of the Solidarnost, Yabloko expelled him for "causing political damage".

Yashin is known for making passionate speeches at opposition rallies. He is an active participant of the Strategy-31 campaign for freedom of assembly. In 2005, he spoke against the Nashi movement, which supported President Vladimir Putin.

On 31 December 2010 Yashin was arrested for demonstrating in Moscow at another rally of Strategy-31. He was taken to a police station and detained for fifteen days. He claims evidence was then fabricated against him by the police.

Following the alleged kidnapping and torture of opposition activist Leonid Razvozzhayev from Kiev, Ukraine, Yashin was arrested on 27 October along with Sergei Udaltsov and Alexei Navalny while attempting to join a Moscow protest on Razvozzhayev's behalf. The three were charged with violating public order, for which they could be fined up to 30,000 rubles (US$1,000) or given 50 hours of community service.

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