Members of picket in memory of the ‘Heavenly Hundred’ arrested in Moscow

posted 1 Apr 2014, 14:33 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 1 Apr 2014, 14:41 ]
31 March 2014

Source: (info)
On 30th March on Tverskaya Street in Moscow, police arrested all participants taking part in single-person pickets held in memory of those killed during the clashes in Kiev.

A total of three people were arrested. Police approached each, and escorted them to a police van, reports reports, citing the TV channel Dozhd.

“Everyone was arrested for preventive discussions and to check their participation in earlier activities,” a police representative told the TV channel. “They were taken to a police station and, if nothing is listed against them, they’ll be released in 3 hours,” he added.

As those arrested themselves explained, they arrived on Tverskaya Street, keeping a distance of 50 metres between one another, holding portraits of those killed in Kiev on 20th February. They thus gathered to honour the memory of the activists killed 40 days ago.

In the evening, the detainees were released from the police station without charges being filed for administrative offences, the NGO monitoring police activities, OVD-Info, explained.

This is not the first event held in Moscow to commemorate those killed during the street clashes in Kiev.

On 9th March, activists hung banners on the railings of the Ukrainian embassy on Leontevsky Lane with pictures of those killed during the defence of Maidan, the so-called ‘Heavenly Hundred’.

Translated by Nathalie Corbett