Fire safety inspectors in Russia’s Siberian region of Kemerovo have closed down the Davydov Tavern chosen as a venue for a news conference that was to be held Tuesday by prominent liberal politician and former chess champion Garry Kasparov.
Authorities said the tavern would be closed for five days pending a regular examination by the local fire inspectorate, the Gazeta.Ru news website reported.
Igor Panin, the owner of the tavern, reported that he had learned of the decision on Tuesday morning from local journalists and Garry Kasparov. Panin believes that by ordering the closure, the local government sought to disrupt the meeting planned by the opposition leader.
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