Russian protesters rally on Vladimir Putin’s birthday

7 Oct

Mr Putin’s spokesman warned that violators could be prosecuted, but activists declared they would go ahead anyway.

“Many supporters want to see Navalny as president, they come out on the streets because for now that’s the only format in which they can express this,” said Polina Kostyleva, the head of Mr Navalny’s St Petersburg campaign office.

She was detained and fined this week after police raided the office and found fliers about the protest.

Police in several cities detained campaign activists before the protests even began.

In the Urals city of Yekaterinburg, where an estimated 700 people came to the demonstration including maverick mayor Yevgeny Roizman, police detained at least 18 people, according to independent monitoring group OVD-Info.

In Moscow, protesters chanted “down with the tsar” and marched toward the Kremlin before running into a wall of riot police.

At least one protester was detained, but there were no mass arrests that took place at protests in June, when 850 people were taken into custody.

Police said 700 people had participated while activists put the number as high as 2,000.

No comments yet

Leave a Reply