Moscow (AFP) – Russian police detained greater than 400 activists throughout the nation on Sunday for holding unauthorised protests towards President Vladimir Putin, a monitoring group stated.
The demonstrations happened after radical opposition politician Vyacheslav Maltsev appealed on his web site for supporters to carry protests throughout the nation, calling for a “folks’s revolution” to finish “Putin’s tyranny”.
In response to OVD-Information, a rights group that displays detentions at Russian political protests, 412 arrests had been made general, with 376 in Moscow and 13 in Saint Petersburg.
It added that officers from the highly effective Investigative Committee, which probes severe crime, had been questioning detainees at numerous police stations.
Moscow police stated beforehand they’d detained 263 folks “for breaches of public order”.
Lots of these detained had been carrying knives, knuckledusters and pistols that may hearth rubber bullets, TASS state information company reported.
An AFP photographer stated police, some in helmets and bulletproof vests, picked up the protesters one after the other in central Moscow near the Kremlin. Police then detained activists on one other central sq., TASS reported.
A reporter for common Echo of Moscow radio station, Andrei Yezhov, wrote on Twitter that he was detained, however later launched with out cost.
– ‘No to Putin’s regime’ –
In the meantime the Bolshoi theatre, together with main Moscow retailers and motels, had been evacuated after a sequence of bomb alerts within the Russian capital on Sunday, native information companies reported.
In all 10,000 folks had been evacuated, the Interfax information company reported.
The detentions got here after police in Moscow on Saturday arrested dozens of individuals at an authorised nationalist anti-Kremlin march on a public vacation generally known as the Day of Nationwide Unity.
In current months, opposition chief Alexei Navalny, who desires to face towards Putin in polls subsequent yr, has additionally known as on his supporters to carry unauthorised protests, leading to massive numbers of arrests.
In June, greater than 1,500 Navalny supporters had been detained throughout a day of demonstrations throughout the nation. 1000’s beforehand turned out in March for the most important protests in years towards the Kremlin, with police saying round 500 folks had been detained in Moscow.
Beforehand a little-known determine, Maltsev ran for parliament final yr as a part of a coalition with former prime minister Mikhail Kasyanov regardless of opposition from some liberals who accused him of anti-Semitism.
The bearded 53-year-old activist calls himself a “Russian nationalist” and in a video launched Saturday urged his supporters to “say no to Putin’s regime”.
– ‘Excessive profile extremist actions’ –
Maltsev comes from the regional metropolis of Saratov however fled to Paris earlier this yr. A Moscow court docket later issued a warrant for his arrest over accusations of constructing public requires extremist exercise.
His motion, Artpodgotovka — whose title refers to a army manoeuvre to deploy artillery — was banned by a court docket in October.
The FSB safety service stated Friday that it had detained a gaggle of Artpodgotovka members who had been planning “high-profile extremist actions” on November four and 5 together with setting hearth to authorities places of work and attacking police.
It stated officers confiscated 15 Molotov cocktails throughout detentions in Moscow and the encompassing area.
The safety service stated police additionally shut down teams of his supporters in 5 different cities and accused Maltsev of utilizing the web for “propaganda of violent actions”.
Maltsev advised the unbiased TV Dozhd (Rain) channel that the FSB had detained greater than 100 of his supporters.
In a video assertion final week, Navalny — who’s presently campaigning in Siberia — accused the authorities of intimidating Maltsev and his supporters.
“Individuals have a full proper to assemble, together with on (November) the fifth,” Navalny stated. “What the authorities are doing towards Artpodgotovka and particularly Maltsev is a completely unlawful outrage.”
Author: Arif Shakoor
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