Opposition gathering in Russia, all 200 participants arrested

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Washington:

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Saturday called for an end to “persecution of independent voices” after around 200 opposition politicians and municipal deputies in Russia were arrested.

While Russian police routinely break up opposition protests, the mass arrests of municipal deputies at a conference in Moscow were unprecedented.

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“We call for an end to the persecution of independent voices,” Blinken wrote in a tweet as authorities tightened the screws on Kremlin critics ahead of parliamentary elections.

He noted “the Russian government detained almost 200 municipal leaders and politicians, including political activists Vladimir Kara-Murza and Yuliya Galyamina, on dubious grounds.”

Participants from more than 50 of Russia’s regions had gathered to discuss parliamentary and local elections in September at a forum organized by a project backed by prominent Kremlin critic Mikhail Khodorkovsky.

A number of the detained activists said Saturday evening they had been released but ordered to appear in court at a later stage.

© 2021 ndtv

5 comments

  • Why is Vladolf so afraid of the opposition, if he’s so popular?

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  • The one who is under the greatest danger is Vladimir Kara-Murza, a civilised man who could lead Russia out of the sewer. Therefore very sadly his life is at risk in that nazi land. He’s recovered from two poisonings, thanks to the help of a good doctor.
    Remember also that the doctor who saved Nav’s life was also murdered by putler’s goons. Fucking savages.

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  • onlyfactsplease

    “We call for an end to the persecution of independent voices,”
    I’m certain that Blinken is smart enough to know that his words are only window dressing and that mafia land is on par with North Korea and bat virus land, which would also never heed anything anyone says and keep up their filthy behavior.

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