According to Navalny, the protest should be held in 118 cities
In Russia on Sunday, 28 January, held a protest against the participation in elections “voters strike”, organized by the politician Alexey Navalny. Stocks must pass was said to Bulk, in 118 cities. According to him, the government agreed to rallies in 80% of cases. The first meetings were held in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Khabarovsk, Magadan, Chita, Ulan-Ude and Komsomolsk-on-Amur. In Vladivostok, the action was not coordinated, but people still came out to the rally. According to the photos from the Telegram-channel “Bulk Command” in the actions in different cities participate from a few dozen to several hundred people.
In Moscow in the morning the police came to the office of the Fund of struggle against corruption (FBK). Navalny said that the police opened the door to the office of the FBC, his press Secretary Kira’s Army said that staff was looking for a laid bomb.. The Fund staff early in the morning led online broadcast of the meetings on YouTube. The opposition leader said that he is not detained, and urged people to come to rally in Moscow at 14.00.
In Moscow and St. Petersburg protests is not consistent. In Moscow, Navalny supporters have applied for the rally on Tverskaya street. Moscow city hall has offered to hold a rally in Sokolniki, Marino or at the metro station “Shchukinskaya”. Navalny, however, refused the proposed options and invited supporters to come out in the end. Bulk, as in previous campaigns, has offered to go counterclockwise on Tverskaya. In Saint Petersburg the event will be held on the square of the Proletarian Dictatorship.
Deputy interior Minister Alexander Gorovoy said that violations of the law on mass actions and rallies in anticipation of the elections will be stopped: “We have two hands for granted by the Constitution and Federal laws the right of citizens to conduct processions, rallies and demonstrations. But it is absolutely hard to come over here and stop violations of those laws.” According to him, “interested Rockin’ the situation by trying violations of the law to draw attention to themselves” (quoted by “Interfax”).
According to the head of the Federal headquarters of Bulk Leonid Volkov, in spite of the high percentage of matching shares in the regions, greatly increased the pressure on the opposition that prepare the meetings. In Omsk, Pskov, Saint-Petersburg, Murmansk, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Yekaterinburg, Yaroslavl, Tyumen, Samara and many other cities the police came to the headquarters of Navalny and confiscated leaflets with call to take part in the “protest voters”. In addition to administrative detention for violating the rules of holding public events came the coordinators of the headquarters of Navalny and his supporters in Ufa, Orsk, St. Petersburg, Veliky Novgorod, Krasnodar, Kostroma and other cities.
Navalny has announced a nationwide protest
Strike electorate,” Navalny announced, because it was not allowed to participate in presidential elections because of a conviction for a serious article on the matter of “Kirovles”. The first verdict in the case was reversed by the Supreme court after the decision of the ECHR in favor of Navalny, but later he was handed down the same sentence. As for the authorities, the priority in the election is the question of turnout, Navalny urged not to participate in elections. At the end of last year, the press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov said about the need to study Navalny calls for a boycott of the elections for compliance with the law.
The action of 28 January was the fourth all-Russian protest action since the beginning of last year, organized Navalny. The first two events were held on 26 March and 12 June and were numerous. The third event was held on October 7 and, in particular, in Moscow gathered in times less participants than the previous one.
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