German police forces raided a squatted building in Potsdam on Friday night, and detained several people protesting the increasing cost of rental housing in Germany. According to the local police, 18 people entered and then occupied an empty building in Gutenbergstrasse to protest increasing rental costs in Potsdam and Germany. A group of demonstrators gathered outside of the building in support of those squatting. Police detained several of the protesters for trespassing. "18 people here entered the building illegally, that they committed an act of trespass, the owner [of the building] the city of Potsdam, has brought criminal charges so we took further police measures," an officer responding to the demonstration said.
Things have gone from bad to worse for Alexander Shestun, the head of the Moscow region's Serpukhovsky district. Previously charged with abusing his authority, he now faces new criminal charges that he stole and laundered roughly 150 million rubles ($2.3 million) through several real-estate companies that he allegedly headed while in office.