New protests in Moscow: What is known at the moment?

Author : News Agency

Source : 112 Ukraine

During previous rallies, more than a thousand people were detained
17:44, 3 August 2019

Protest in Moscow, July 2019

On Saturday, August 3, a protest rally is being held in Moscow against the refusal to register opposition candidates for elections to the Moscow City Duma. During previous protests, more than a thousand people were detained. So what is known about the protests in the Russian capital at the moment?

- 16:10 During a protest rally in Moscow, security forces beat the cyclist with batons. The video appeared on the web.

  15:55 OVD-Info: at least 194 people were detained. Among the detainees are 21 minors, 6 journalists, 6 beaten and 2 foreigners.

- 15:34 In the meantime, the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation opened a criminal case on money laundering for the Alexey Navalny Anti-Corruption Fund.

- 15:30 According to the estimates of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia, 350 people came to the rally in the center of Moscow.

- 15:07 According to OVD-Info, at least 89 people have already been detained in Moscow.

- 15:01 Law enforcers literally carried one of the detainees out of the crowd.

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- 14:43 The number of detainees is constantly growing and, according to media reports, more than 30 people were detained.

- 14:22 Mediazona reports that law enforcement officials began to force people out of Trubnaya Square towards the Garden Ring.

- 13:52 The first detainees are known. The Dozhd channel reports that security officials pulled out from a taxi an unregistered candidate for the Moscow City Duma Lyubov Sobol.

- OVD-Info reports that at the Boulevard Ring subway stations police are trying to invite passers-by to "an explanatory conversation" regarding participation in the protest.

- On the morning of August 3, police equipment was pulled into the center of Moscow.

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Earlier Ukraine's foreign ministry has condemned the massive detention of protesters during the rally that took place in Moscow on July 27. The press office of the Ukrainian authority made the respective statement.

The Ministry claimed that the Russian government cannot provide the integrity of democratic expression of will, fearing political competitiveness. 

"Barbaric beating of its own citizens, multiple arrests and detentions, the use of artificial and discriminative pre-election filters supposed to let only the favorable candidates run during the election shows Russian government's failure to provide the integrity of democratic expression of will; it shows its fear of the real political competitiveness", reads the statement.

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