MOSCOW, September 16 (RAPSI) – Moscow’s Zamoskvoretsky District Court on Thursday suspended the Interior Ministry’s order designating the stay in Russia of stand-up comic Idrak Mirzalizade, who had been earlier placed in administrative detention for 10 days for insulting Russian people on account of ethnic descent, undesirable, the court’s press service told RAPSI.
On September 16, the court held the preliminary hearing of an administrative lawsuit by Mirzalizade against the police decision. The main court hearing is set for October 5.
In late August, the Interior Ministry declared the comic’s stay in Russia undesirable. Mirzalizade is a citizen of Belarus.
The man was found guilty of incitement of hatred and enmity equal to violation of human dignity on August 9.
A prosecutor’s check earlier revealed that the man publicly voiced statements containing linguistic and psychological signs of violation of dignity of a group of people on account of ethnic descent. Video with the statements was published on one of the social networks in the public domain.