February 27, 2021

Police detain several opponents before demonstration in Moscow

The Russian Police today arrested several people, including opponents Dmitri Gudkov, Ivan Zhdanov and Yulia Galiamina, a few hours before the start of an unauthorized demonstration in front of the Moscow City Council against the veto of independent candidates in municipal elections.

"Dmitri Gudkov has been arrested," wrote the father of the well-known opponent, Guennadi Gudkov, on his Twitter account.

Galiamina published in the same social network that has also been arrested and taken to a police station in the capital, as well as Iván Zhadanov, director of the Anti-Corruption Fund, founded by Russian opposition leader Alexéi Navalni.

According to specialized media, in front of the City Council there were also arrests of people who began to congregate in anticipation of the start of the event, scheduled for 2:00 p.m.

The OVD Info portal speaks of more than 25 people who were taken to the police vans deployed in the immediate vicinity of the City Hall, in the heart of Moscow.

Previously, the agents practiced searches in the apartments and the headquarters of candidates opposing the Moscow elections scheduled for September 8.

Registration began Friday night and continued on Saturday, as reported by several of the affected opponents in their Twitter and Facebook social media accounts.

Fifteen administrative cases have also been opened for calling people to participate in this Saturday's demonstration.

Veteran activist Iliá Yashin was taken to a police station outside Moscow, and also Kira Yarmysh, spokesman for Navalni and Ruslán Shaveddinov – of the Navalni Anti-Corruption Fund were transferred to interrogations.

"They confiscate the team, my power of attorney for Navalni and now we will both be taken to be interrogated for interference with the work of the electoral commissions," Yarmysh wrote after the record that the agents practiced in their homes.

Navalni himself was arrested on the 24th and is serving a 30-day arrest for calls to participate in this Saturday's demonstration before the Moscow City Council.

The authorities are trying to break the demonstration this Saturday, after the previous weekend -which was authorized-, which was attended by 12,000 people, according to the Police, and 22,400, according to the White Counter organization, specialized in protestors count.

This Friday the Moscow Police warned that it will resort to "all the necessary means to guarantee the safety of citizens, prevent and prevent the alteration of public order."

Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobianin wrote on his Twitter account on Saturday that public order will be guaranteed in accordance with the law, because "citizens are being urged to attend an unauthorized rally."

He said that "according to law enforcement agencies, serious provocations are being prepared that pose a threat to people's safety, life and health."

The Moscow electoral commission has denied the registration to 57 candidates, including some of the main opposition leaders.

The opposition accuses the authorities of manipulating the thousands of signatures collected in recent weeks by their candidates by incorrectly transcribing them in the electronic record.

Meanwhile, the electoral commission openly incrimulates opponents to include in their lists more than 300 "dead souls" and almost 10,000 non-existent people.

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