March 8, 2021

More than 800 detainees in Saturday's opposition protest in Moscow, according to a Russian NGO

A total of 828 people were arrested during the demonstration of opposition protest that took place this Saturday in Moscow, according to data offered today by OVD-Info, a Russian NGO that provides legal assistance to persecuted politicians.

On its website, OVD-Info detailed the number of detainees at each police station and reported that virtually all of them were released last night.

"There are various figures. We are verifying them. But we know that more than 50 minors were detained," the defender of the Child of the city of Moscow, Yevgueni Bunimóvich, told the Interfax agency.

He added that almost all of the minors were released and that only some problems have arisen in cases where their legal representatives were outside the city.

At the moment, the only number of detainees made public by the Moscow Police is "about 600", which was released on Saturday when the demonstration had not yet concluded.

According to the Department of Health of the Moscow City Council, during the opposition demonstration five people were injured, including a police officer, who suffered a shoulder dislocation.

The demonstration prohibited by the authorities was convened as a walk along the boulevards of Moscow, without slogans or banners, to demand the registration of opposition candidates in the elections to the legislative assembly of the Russian capital on September 9.

The unauthorized protest this Saturday was the second dissolved by riot forces in a week; last day 3 ended with over a thousand detainees and dozens injured.

For next Saturday the opposition has called a new rally in the Russian capital, which has been authorized by the City Council, and in which its organizers have set a goal to gather 100,000 people.

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