|Author (Corporate)||Cardiff EDC|
|Publication Date||July 2019-|
In July and August 2019, thousands of people took part in protests in Moscow triggered by a refusal to let opposition candidates stand in Moscow parliamentary elections planned for 8 September. Officials said many of the signatures required for their candidacy applications were invalid but protesters say they were excluded for political reasons. It has led to the biggest political protests in Russia for years.
A rally on 20 July brought more than 20,000 people on to the streets. Thousands more indicated they would take part in the next big rally, but authorities refused to allow it, saying that the protests included threats of violence against the electoral commission.
Most of the opposition leaders were jailed, having been given short sentences of between seven and 30 days as a short-term measure to keep them away from the protests. Leading opposition politician Alexei Navalny was jailed on 24 July for a 30-day term. He was taken to hospital on 28 July with symptoms that indicated potential poisoning, but has since recovered.
On 27 July, police detained more than 1,300 in one of the biggest security operations of recent years that brought wide international condemnation. On 3 August, Russian police forcibly detained over 800 people including prominent activist Lyubov Sobol. The authorities warned the demonstration was illegal. On 10 August, as they have for the past five weekends, up to 60,000 people had attended the Moscow rally according to the nongovernmental White Counter monitoring group. It have been met with mass arrests and a violent crackdown by police.
France and Germany condemned a Russian police crackdown, with Paris criticising an “excessive use of force”.
|Subject Tags||National Politics, Regional | Local Elections|
|Countries / Regions||Russia|