Tens of thousands of supporters of the Russian opposition took to the streets again in Moscow on Saturday. As far as we know, at least 162 people have been arrested there, writes Reuters news agency. Elsewhere in the country, dozens of arrests were also made.
Like previous demonstrations, the protest is directed against the organization of the upcoming municipal elections, excluding opponents from the Putin government. Some people held up images with faces of opposition figures.
At least 600 people were arrested last week, including a Dutch journalist. He was released a few hours after his arrest. At the time, no permission had been granted for the demonstration, but this time it was.
An organization that keeps track of the number of participants in demonstrations says that around fifty thousand demonstrators were present. The Russian police speaks of twenty thousand demonstrators.
Also demonstrated at other places in Russia
Police arrested lawyer Lyubov Sobol prior to Saturday's demonstration, whose candidacy for the Moscow election had been rejected. She shared a short film on Twitter that shows how masked security forces invade her office.
There have also been demonstrations in other places in Russia. OVD-Info protest monitor reports that at least 55 people have been arrested in St. Petersburg, ten in Moscow and seven in Rostov-on-Don.
"I am furious about this lack of justice at all levels. They exclude candidates who have collected the required number of signatures. And they arrest people who demonstrate peacefully," said a 60-year-old woman.
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