Nearly 50,000 Protest for Fair Elections in Moscow

Nearly 50,000 Protest for Fair Elections in Moscow


 

Pjotr Sauer / MT

Pjotr Sauer / MT

Nearly 50,000 Russian opposition activists and their supporters have taken to Moscow’s streets for a fifth consecutive weekend in spite of a government crackdown as support from citizens and celebrities grows across the county.

The protests, which demand that Moscow authorities allow independent candidates to appear on the ballot in the city’s upcoming elections, have been the largest wave of demonstrations in Russia since 2011-2012. Independent polling this week said that Moscow residents are more likely to support the protests than oppose them.

At least 49,900 people have gathered at the authorized protest on Prospekt Sakharov so far, the White Counter crowd-monitoring NGO said.

The rally included performances by the techno duo IC3PEAK and the popular rapper Face. Moscow City Hall had barred the musical performers but organizers said the acts would still take the stage.

Ahead of Saturday’s protest, masked police searched an office used by opposition activist Lyubov Sobol and took her in for questioning, she wrote on Twitter.

“I won’t make it to the protest. But you know what to do without me….Russia will be free!” Sobol said.

Eight people have been detained so far at the Moscow protest, the OVD-Info police-monitoring website said.

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