Police Break Up Approved Picket Due To ‘Russia Without Putin’ Slogan

posted 19 Jun 2012, 04:37 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 19 Jun 2012, 04:38 ]
Source: HRO.org (info), 18/06/12 

· Right to assembly  · Ministry of Internal Affairs  · Persecution of activists  · Public protests 

Six activists from The Other Russia party were detained on Sunday at a weekly picket, approved by the Prefecture of the Central Administrative District, outside the entrance to Novokuznetskaya metro station on Pyatnitskaya Street, reports Grani.ru, with reference to the police department website. They unfurled a ‘Russia without Putin’ banner, which police considered to be against the law. The declared topic for the event was “increasing the population’s legal knowledge and explaining to citizens their principle constitutional rights and freedoms”. However, the police did not even let the protest begin. “The head of the Zamoskvorechye Police District did not like the ‘Russia without Putin’ banner”, said a representative of The Other Russia, Alexander Averin. He also noted that passers-by intervened in favour of the activists, managing to push the police back and free one detainee from the police bus. [Read more]