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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Student Faces Expulsion After March

A Ryazan student said Thursday that she was being threatened with expulsion from her college after being detained at a Dissenters' March in Moscow.

Darya Gunina, 19, said the principal at the Ryazan College of Electronics warned her Wednesday that he might expel her due to her involvement in the banned National Bolshevik Party. Gunina said that as she left a meeting at the principal's office, two police officers stopped her and took her to the city's organized crime police department, where they pressed her for two hours to keep them informed about National Bolshevik activities. "They told me that otherwise I would be expelled from the college," Gunina said by telephone from Ryazan.

Gunina linked the threats to her detention by OMON riot police during a Dissenters' March on April 14 in Moscow. The unsanctioned march was organized by The Other Russia, an opposition coalition that includes the National Bolsheviks.

A Ryazan police spokesman declined comment on Gunina's allegations and could not confirm that she had been detained Wednesday.

The principal of the college, Alexander Fateyev, said he had warned Gunina that she might be expelled because she had missed a lot of classes and was getting low grades.

"I feel sorry for this girl because these National Bolshevik activities are distracting her from her studies. She was absent for a whole month this semester," he said by telephone.

The head of the federal education watchdog, Viktor Bolotov, said he would look into the situation if Gunina filed a complaint, Interfax reported.