Prominent kernel developer gets arrested for protesting against Russia’s foray into Ukraine.
Linux kernel developer Dmitry Monakhov was detained for 15 days for disobeying a police officer on Saturday. The debacle came about when Monakhov decided to protest the recent invasion into Ukraine by Russian armed forces.
This was not the first incident of aggression towards Monakhov. During a rally in July of 2013 he was reported to have been beaten in one of the police vans most likely for participating in expressing his discontent with Putin’s policies regarding human rights.
According to Monakhov’s tweet the day before his most recent run in with the authorities, he announced, “I am a Russian. Not cattle. Not a killer. And it is not the occupier. I am ashamed that my president Putin. At 9.00 I go to Manezhku [Manezh Square] against the war.” after this tweet, pictures surfaced a day later of four Russian policeman arresting him.
On one livejournal account, there were over 2500 comments all regarding this incident and some comments stating that, “…this supreme Kremlin worm – has no future.” and other comments criticizing not only Putin but his expansionist and illegal policies.
Later on a handful of protesters arrived at Manezh Square and protested Russia’s expansion into the Ukraine, with six later being detained.
Source: Theodore Ts’o