MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian authorities on Friday moved to press criminal charges against 10 people for their involvement in what they called mass unrest at an opposition protest last weekend, as defiant Kremlin critics vowed to hold another rally on Saturday.
Police rounded up more than 1,300 people at an unauthorized protest in Moscow last Saturday in one of the biggest crackdowns of recent years on an increasingly defiant opposition decrying President Vladimir Putin’s tight grip on power.
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Despite several of its leaders being jailed over the protest for up to 30 days, the opposition plans to stage another rally on Saturday, capitalizing on the tensions as Putin’s ratings have slipped following years of falling incomes.
Moscow prosecutors on Friday warned would-be protesters that the demonstration had not been agreed with authorities, that its organizers could be brought to account and said it had issued a formal warning to hunger-striking activist Lyubov Sobol.
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Protesters are calling for Moscow city authorities to allow opposition members to be allowed to run in a Sept. 8 local election. They were barred from running for...
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