"Don't be silent. The most important thing is for you to not be silent!"
Sergei Udaltsov is no stranger to arrest. In December of 2011, the day of Russia's legislative elections, the dissident leader of the country's Left Front movement was detained in Moscow for organizing protests against Vladimir Putin -- or, more specifically, for "resisting officers' recommendations to cross the road in the correct place." Udaltsov was kept in custody for five days -- after which he was rearrested, this time for an earlier tussle with Putin-empowered authorities. (Back in October, while under arrest for a prior protest, Udaltsov "left a hospital without permission.") He was given, that time around, a 15-day sentence.
Yesterday, Udaltsov had another tangle with the State Investigative Agency, Russia's version of the FBI. This time, though, he published a public account of his arrest -- through his Twitter feed. Wired reported the live-tweeting, which took place through a combination of tweets and retweets. First, Udaltsov announced that his apartment had been raided, with his computer -- as well as documents and cash -- being seized. (Police also raided, Wired reports, the homes of Udaltsov's assistant, Konstantin Lebedev, and Ilya Ponomaryov, an assistant to a lawmaker in the Just Russia opposition party. Lebedev was later charged with ) Udaltsov then kept his followers apprised of his "questioning," letting updating them on his legal status and informing them when he'd been released. The whole thing played out fairly quickly: from 11pm one day to 1pm the next.
Here are tweets Udaltsov -- and those working from his account, on his behalf -- posted during the time of the detention:
"Udaltsov's lawyer, @volkova_v, is saying that the interrogation is over. For now, Udaltsov has not been arrested. Now the decision is being made whether they are going to take him into custody".""RT @Moscow_advokat: Talked on the phone with Volkova and Udaltsov. The decision to arrest has been made. Voice alert, and sends greetings to all."
You can read the whole stream, in the original Russian, here.