Russia: Authorities continue to protest against demonstrations
The opposition has called in Moscow for a new rally for free city council elections. The authorities want to prevent this - and point to formal errors.
According to the opposition, the authorities in Moscow have not approved a new rally for free elections. The local politician Andrej Morew published on Monday evening on his Facebook page a corresponding reply letter from the town hall. In support of this, the authorities pointed out that the applicants failed to meet deadlines. The demonstration had been registered for the coming Saturday afternoon.
"I believe that this is a mistake of the authorities, and we will file an official objection," announced Morew. This Tuesday should be discussed on further steps. An official confirmation of the authorities did not exist at first.
Last Saturday, tens of thousands of people took to the streets at a rally in Moscow for democratic elections and police violence. On the two weekends before, the authorities refused permission for protests. But that did not stop people from taking to the streets anyway. The police cracked down on the demonstrators. There were more than 2,000 arrests, which was strongly criticized internationally.
The police had spoken of 20,000 participants. In independent Moscow newspapers there was talk of 50,000 to 60,000 participants. The protests were also attended by prominent intellectuals from Moscow, including journalists and writers. Well-known music creators and bloggers also solidarized with the crowd.
Lyubov Sobol fined
Meanwhile, it also became known that lawyer Ljubow Sobol was fined for invoking an unauthorized rally. This was reported by a court in Moscow Tass Agency. Accordingly, the opposition must again pay 300,000 rubles (about 4,100 euros). Sobol is part of Kremlin critic Alexej Nawalny's team and has been on a hunger strike for weeks. She had been temporarily arrested only last Saturday before the start of a demonstration. Because of a similar appeal, the activist had already been sentenced in early August.
She learned about the decision from the media, Sobol wrote on Twitter on Twitter. "That's a lot of money, but I do not regret for a second that I have decided to work for the Muscovites." She now wants to appeal the decision to the European Court of Human Rights.
The opposition wants to reach with the protests that all candidates are admitted to the city council election on 8 September. Government critics are not admitted to their application for registration for alleged formal errors.