Khodorkovsky’s Open Russia holds protests across country
29 April 201717:01 GMT
About 150 people attempted to participate in an unsanctioned demonstration outside a metro station in northern St. Petersburg, local authorities have reported. After repeated police warnings some dispersed voluntarily, but about 100 people stayed, police said in a statement. It added that police were forced to “put an end to the illegal gathering.” Ruptly video footage shows that multiple attendees were detained.
- 13:38 GMT
About 60 people gathered for a demonstration in the city of Krasnodar in southern Russia, a local branch of Interior Ministry said, as cited by Interfax.
“The event was peaceful; there have been no violations of public order,” an official from the ministry said.
- 13:38 GMT
A protest also took place in Siberia in the city of Tomsk.
- 13:00 GMT
“This public event is being held in violation of Federal Law number 54, as it wasn’t agreed to with St. Petersburg’s authorities,” a police officer was repeatedly heard telling protesters in St. Petersburg via loudspeakers.
- 12:44 GMT
A rally organized by Open Russia was held in the city of Cheboksary in the southeastern part of European Russia.
An official from a local branch of the Interior Ministry told Interfax that some 40 people took part in the rally.