US News Moscow. Demonstration by the Russian opposition, more than 100 arrests

01:05  16 july  2020
01:05  16 july  2020 Source:   ouest-france.fr

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More than 100 different demonstrations swept through Russia ’s streets on May 1, and more than 120 participants were arrested in nine cities. More than 60 of those arrests took place in St. Petersburg when police officers stopped opposition activists carrying a banner that read “Petersburg

Moscow on Saturday, arresting more than 1,300 demonstrators — chasing some of them down alleys — to blunt a protest over the fairness of coming city 8 election are the 45 seats on the Moscow City Council, which is responsible for a large municipal budget and is controlled by the pro-Kremlin

La police russe arrête un manifestant qui participait à un rassemblement non-autorisé, le 15 juillet 2020 à Moscou. © YURI KOCHETKOV / EPA-EFE Russian police arrested a protester who participated in an unauthorized rally on July 15, 2020 in Moscow.

,103 people were arrested in Moscow during an opposition demonstration on Wednesday evening. Protesters were protesting against a constitutional revision allowing Vladimir Putin to remain in power until 2036.

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The Russian opposition has held a mass anti-government rally in the country's capital. It was the first so-called “March of Millions” demonstration since mass protests on May 6 were marred by violence and hundreds of arrests . Organizers say that around 100

By 7pm, police had made more than 100 arrests , many coming after a group of protesters left the larger, sanctioned demonstration and walked The rally had been permitted to go ahead by the city government, even though some speakers called for a march on the presidential administration building.

More than 100 people were arrested on Wednesday July 15 by the police after an opposition action in central Moscow, according to counting of the NGO OVD-Info, which specializes in monitoring events in Russia .

In total, 103 people were arrested, according to this source, after this unauthorized rally against a constitutional revision which notably gave the right to President Vladimir Putin to remain in power until 2036.

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MOSCOW — Tens of thousands of people protested in Russia ’s Far East on Saturday in a rare display of opposition to President Vladimir V. Putin in the country’s vast hinterland, chanting He is one of Russia ’s few provincial leaders not affiliated with political forces entirely controlled by the Kremlin.

The arrests began even before the protest started. A woman was prised from a street bench. A group of pensioners were seized as they walked along By the start of the meeting, police had sealed the area immediately in front of the mayor’s office. Then, they moved in formation to divide the protest and

Reporters from AFP saw protesters and journalists arrested in a street in the center of the Russian capital after the rainy demonstration in Pushkin Square.

The public news agency TASS, citing police sources, also reported that more than 100 people were arrested and taken to police stations.

A municipal opposition MP, Yulia Galiamina, announced on Facebook that she was arrested with her daughter in Moscow.

Protesters had gone to deposit their signatures for a possible appeal to the Supreme Court against a revision of the Russian Constitution.

"Russia without Putin!"

After a vote organized in late June and early July, this reform was approved by almost 78% of voters, according to official results, but the opposition denounced massive fraud.

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MOSCOW — An extraordinary wave of antigovernment protests swept across Russia on Monday, as thousands of demonstrators gathered in more than 100 cities to denounce corruption and political stagnation despite official attempts to stifle the expression of outrage.

In Russia , organizers say more than one-thousand were arrested in anti-Putin demonstrations across the country. The protests were called by one of Vladimir

"I voted against" , said Inna Golovina, a 46-year-old accountant who was in the capital on Wednesday during the protest. “It is said that the results were faked. I came to express my opposition ”, she added.

"Russia without Putin!" ", chanted protesters.

"The authorities do what they want, the opinion of the people does not interest anyone" , complained Andrei Stepanov, 50, a retired soldier who took part in a similar action in St. Petersburg, the second largest city in Russia.

"We have to show that we are in a way against it" , he continued.

The revision of the Constitution provides in particular for strengthening the powers of President Vladimir Putin and allowing him to serve two additional terms until 2036, the year of his 84th birthday.

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