Ukraine condemns massive detentions during rally in Moscow

Source : 112 Ukraine

Protesters demanded to let independent observers work during the election for Moscow city council; over 1,000 people were detained
08:03, 29 July 2019

Protest in Moscow, July 2019

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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The Ukrainian authority called the detentions a proof of violation of freedoms and human rights. At that, Ukraine claimed that Russia is not worthy of returning to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. "It is obvious to us that Russia does not belong to the democratic community, being the outlaw state. This is why we decisively condemn the massive repressions used by the Kremlin over the past few days", the Ministry claimed.

July 27, thousands of people took it to the streets of Moscow, demanding to let independent observers work during the elections for Moscow city council. Over 1,000 rally participants were detained; the police attacked some of the protesters, beating them with police batons - even those who already lay on the ground after being hit.

Related: Ukraine's MFA expresses protest over Russian PM Medvedev's visit to occupied Crimea

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