Anti-corruption rally in Moscow
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Attempt to carry out anti-corruption rally in Central Moscow led to mass arrests. According to preliminary information, the police sent more than 100 people
The action on Tverskaya street was not permitted by the mayor’s office, however, the head of the Fund of struggle against corruption Alexei Navalny urged to come to the center of Moscow and walk on the street expressing their position. MIA in this March 24 urged not to participate in unauthorized rallies and marches.
The first arrests in the capital began even before the officially announced start at 14:00. Police and riot police began to detain people with posters gathered on Pushkin square and near the metro station “Belorusskaya”. Active arrest began when the people began to gather near the monument to Pushkin and to hang their posters.
At the same time, the police called on the activists to disperse, saying that the agreed action place is situated in Sokolniki Park. However, the appeals of the employees of the interior Ministry caused the protesters laughter and chanting: “Shame”, “We’re here just hanging out” and “He’s not Dimon.”
Around 14:15 GMT in the area of triumph square came Alexei Navalny, who also tried to pass on Tver, but was quickly detained and placed in a paddy wagon. His supporters began to shake a police bus and block the road with cars. The result was followed by further detentions and Riot police managed to clear the way and send the bus to the police station.
In the future, some activists occupied the stretch of roadway between the metro stations Pushkinskaya and Mayakovskaya. This area was reinforced by the part of the police began to arrest protesters. As a result, the Riot police managed to clean up the street.
In further detentions continued in the square near the metro station “Pushkinskaya”, where the police began to push activists from the Pushkin monument, sometimes using batons. In this case the police pulled out from the crowd of people continuing to send them into paddy wagons. By 16:20 GMT they managed to completely clear Pushkin square until the cinema “Russia”.
In the future, the police began to squeeze the people on Strastnoy Boulevard in the direction of Petrovka street, spending a point of detention. The RBC reported that there have been cases of attacks on police officers. So, one of the Ministers of law was beaten in the street Small Dmitrovka.
According to “OVD-info”, just in the center of Moscow have been detained more than 130 people. The source Agency TASS in law enforcement bodies reported about 200 detainees. GU MVD in Moscow reported that the official data will be published later.
According to police, in an unsanctioned rally in Moscow was attended by 8 thousand people.
The reason for the anti-corruption actions was the investigation of the Fund of struggle against corruption of the real estate’s Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, which said that the Prime Minister has “huge tracts of land in the elite areas and disposes of yachts and apartments in old mansions, as well as the agro-complexes and wineries in Russia and abroad”. The organizers intend to require the reaction of the authorities in published materials.
The official reaction to Medvedev on the investigation was not followed. His press Secretary Natalia Timakova said that the film Bulk “is pronounced pre-election character”.
With the participation of Kirill Sirotkin, Yulia Sapronova, Paul Kazarnovskaja, Anton Sergienko