Russia: Protest Against Exclusions from Moscow Elections
In Moscow, a rally for fair elections was dispersed at the Moscow City Electoral Commission
The police are trying to forcefully force the protesters out of the territory near the building of the election commission
Radio Liberty resumed its live blog from the scene of the police dispersal of the protesters for admitting independent candidates to participate in the elections to the Moscow City Duma.
Police in Moscow detained Ilya Yashin near the building of the Moscow City Electoral Commission, where a rally is being held to admit independent candidates to the Moscow City Duma elections. This was reported by Yashin himself..
Lyubov Sobol, Yulia Galyamina and Ivan Zhdanov were also detained. All of them are candidates for the Moscow City Duma deputies who are threatened with withdrawal from the elections. The correspondent of the TV channel was also detained "Rain".
The police are trying to forcefully force the protesters out of the territory near the building of the election commission. According to the correspondent "Rain", with him in the paddy wagon 22 more people. According to "OVD-Info", 38 people have already been detained.
The detentions began after 20:00. The police began to announce that the action was not coordinated and asked to disperse.
Earlier it was reported that today a rally is being held in Moscow demanding to admit independent candidates to the elections. The initiator was the opposition leader Alexei Navalny.
Radio Liberty broadcasted live from the scene.
About a thousand protesters gathered at Pushkinskaya Square. Then they went to the building of the Moscow mayor’s office. The column was led by opposition leaders Lyubov Sobol and Ilya Yashin.
Sobol urged the audience to go to the building of the Moscow City Electoral Commission and demand a meeting with the head of the commission Valentin Gorbunov.
At the building of the Moscow City Electoral Commission, Sobol and her supporters called on all those present not to disperse. Participants shout slogans: "We will not leave", "For Love!", "You give fair elections".
Acceleration of a rally in Moscow for admitting independent candidates to the elections
The day before, the Moscow City Election Commission refused to register all self-nominated candidates in the 43rd electoral district. Lyubov Sobol, a lawyer with the Anti-Corruption Foundation, said that the electoral commission invalidated almost 15 percent of the signatures in her support, with a 10 percent legal marriage. In turn, the chairman of the Moscow City Electoral Commission Valentin Gorbunov accused Lyubov Sobol of putting pressure on election commissions.
Among the candidates for deputies in the 43rd district, in addition to Sobol, a member of the political committee was nominated "Apple" Sergei Mitrokhin, actor Andrei Soloviev, former forward of the Russian national football team Dmitry Bulykin and leader of a rock group "Corrosion of metal" Sergey "Spider" Troitsky. In mid-June, the founder of the Hospice Fund, Anna Federmesser, withdrew her candidacy..
As a result, before the elections in the 43rd district of the capital, only three candidates were admitted – representatives of the parliamentary parties of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation, LDPR and "Fair Russia". They are not required by law to collect signatures.
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