Tens of thousands rally in Moscow in support of candidates barred from city council election

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    peacecorps
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    A massive rally took place in Moscow, with opposition activists occupying one of the capital’s main avenues. The officially sanctioned event followed two unauthorized protests that resulted in scuffles and arrests.

    Throngs of anti-government activists showed up at Sakharov Avenue on Saturday for the opposition rally, permitted by the mayor’s office. Russia’s interior ministry estimated that over 20,000 people attended the event, while crowd-monitoring NGO White Counter put the number at 49,900.

    Russian opposition groups have held unauthorized, large-scale protests for the past two weekends, after 57 independent candidates were barred from running for seats in Moscow’s 45-member municipal legislature. Local authorities cited irregularities such as fraudulent signatures as the reason for their disqualification.

    Opposition activists – including close allies of anti-corruption activist Alexey Navalny – urged followers to take to streets and to storm the city council. Police increased security measures during both protests, which eventually resulted in over 2,300 people being detained.

    https://www.rt.com/russia/466231-opposition-starts-protest-moscow/

    Russian Foreign Ministry Summons US Diplomat Over Attempt to Meddle in Moscow’s Internal Affairs

    Russia sees the US Embassy’s move to publish information about the unauthorised rally in downtown Moscow on 3 August as an attempt to meddle in Russia’s internal affairs, the head of the political section at the embassy …

    The ministry stressed that it regarded the publishing of the rally’s route provided by its organisers, as a call to participate in it, qualifying the move as an attempt to meddle in Russia’s affairs.

    https://sputniknews.com/russia/201908091076512415-russian-foreign-ministry-summons-us-diplomat-over-attempt-to-meddle-in-moscows-internal-affairs/

    Mitch McConnell "is a man that knows less about Russia and Russian influence than even Donald Trump, and I know nothing,” Trump said ... (The 'Sgt. Schultz' response: 'I know nothing'.)

    A CEO, an American worker and an immigrant sit at a table with a dozen cookies in front of them. The CEO grabs 11 of them, then leans over and warns the worker, "Watch out for the immigrant. He is trying to get your cookie."

  • #109113

    PatrynXX
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    Russia just warned Google  for interfering in their elections  smh airing free speech is not interfering . then again they don’t speak english in politics there

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    57 independent candidates were barred from running for seats in Moscow’s 45-member municipal legislature

     

    I’d almost bet that Trump took notice and notes with this move. If some protesters are jailed or possibly killed, he’ll probably grin with glee as well.

    Formally RealityCheck

  • #109314

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    Kind of funny though that the government did not

    react in the brutal way as Marcon did and does.

    Interesting that the Russian protests are reported,

    yet not the yellow vests’.

    • #109950

      peacecorps
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      When governments (Hong Kong, Paris, Moscow, etc.) feel threatened by protests violence is their answer. If you are on the receiving end of that violence, it probably does not help to say, “At least you are not in Paris or Hong Kong.”

      Mitch McConnell "is a man that knows less about Russia and Russian influence than even Donald Trump, and I know nothing,” Trump said ... (The 'Sgt. Schultz' response: 'I know nothing'.)

      A CEO, an American worker and an immigrant sit at a table with a dozen cookies in front of them. The CEO grabs 11 of them, then leans over and warns the worker, "Watch out for the immigrant. He is trying to get your cookie."

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