At the opposition rally in Moscow
Photo: Oleg Yakovlev / RBC
Participants in the capital rally against government corruption reported on the mass arrests. The paddy was including the head of the FBK Alexei Navalny
In Moscow began the detention ahead of the opposition rally, which is scheduled for 14.00. About it in social networks reported by participants.
The first arrest occurred near the Pushkinskaya metro station. Police detained protesters with a placard “Corruption kills the future.” Video of the detention posted in his Twitter edition “” (blocked in Russia by court decision).
As wrote in his Twitter journalist Philip judge, on Pushkin square also detained the woman with the poster.
About the detention of people with placards on Pushkin told RBC. According to her, near the exit of the subway a large number of journalists who are observing what is happening. There’s also the paddy, which places the detainees. The police through loudspeakers offers people to disperse. In response people chanted “shame!”.
Mayakovskaya was detained and Alexei Navalny. He was placed in a paddy wagon. His supporters began to rock the bus, there were fights with the police. As a result, the paddy wagon is still left.
Activist and human rights activist Denis Styazhkin reported the arrest of 15 people in the area of metro station “Belorusskaya”. According to him there were several hundred activists.
After the arrest Navalny, the police did not stop people from walking on the sidewalk, however, according to RBC, the new detention took place near the monument to Pushkin.
Around 14:40 GMT protesters partly blocked the traffic on Tverskaya, leaving free only one or two bands. The street is basically moving the paddy and a small amount of transport. Police went to release the roadway from the activists.
As reported “Interfax” with reference to the head of the HRC Mikhail Fedotov, member of the Council on human rights under the President of the Russian Federation Andrey Babushkin went on Tverskaya street in Moscow, to avoid conflicts with the police during a possible unauthorized actions.
“The HRC has written to Andrew’s grandma in the end to prevent possible conflicts with the police on actions against corruption”, — wrote Mikhail Fedotov in his “Twitter”
Opposition rally in Moscow is scheduled for 14:00. Initially, Alexey Navalny submitted an application to hold a rally on Tverskaya street. The capital authorities the application was rejected, but not offered an alternative. Navalny said in response that in this case considers, in accordance with the decision of the constitutional court the meeting agreed.
Later, the organizers of the meeting proposed to hold it in Hyde Park in Sokolniki Park or on the street Pererva in Marino. Bulk it reiterated its intention to hold a rally in the city centre, noting that the city authorities have already violated the law, “without offering the platform on time.” However, he suggested that came to Tverskaya street skip down the street, coming from any metro station.
Law enforcement agencies in Moscow on 23 March called on residents of the capital to participate in the action on Tverskaya street. On Friday, March 24 in the Moscow interior Ministry warned citizens about possible negative consequences for the marchers.
Preventive detention began before the start of the campaign and in St. Petersburg, where two men were taken into custody for a poster.
However, an unauthorized action on the field of Mars took place. According to eyewitnesses, there were several thousand people.
Throughout the morning rallies were held in cities of the Far East, Siberia and the Urals, the Volga region. The detentions took place in Vladivostok, and Yekaterinburg, but in most other cities, the rallies were held without incident.
The reason for the anti-corruption actions was the investigation of the Fund of struggle against corruption (FBK) concerning the estate of the 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.