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Russia police detain several people protesting Putin amid presidential election

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Russian advocacy group and human rights monitor OVD-Information and Russian on-line media Mediazona reported Sunday the detention of at the very least 75 folks in 17 cities concerned within the “Midday Towards Putin” protest, a motion organized by Russian opposition to unite anti-Putin voters by calling for them to vote in opposition to him at midday. Russians gathered at midday outdoors polling stations in protest in opposition to the Russian president who may see the presidential elections prolong his rule of greater than twenty years.

Mediazona additionally reported assaults in polling stations, akin to setting fireplace to poll packing containers or spilling paint over them. OVD-Information stated that each ladies chargeable for the assaults had been jailed. Moreover, a protestor was arrested for allegedly writing a slogan on her poll and one other for writing “no to conflict,” whereas an election monitor was detained for sporting a Navalny t-shirt. The group additional acknowledged that police in Odintsovo are checking and seizing ballots.

The Midday Towards Putin motion was created by Russian politician Maxim Reznik and supported by late outstanding opposition chief and activist Alexei Navalny, whose death in jail in February prompted outraged each nationally and internationally.

Navalny posted on X (previously Twitter) days earlier than his dying that he “like[d] the thought of anti-Putin voters going to the polling stations collectively at 12 midday” as that will “be a powerful demonstration of nationwide sentiment.” He added, “The ‘Midday Towards Putin’ motion completely unites all of the parts. Voting, agitation, bodily presence, and solidarity with those that shall be with you on the polling station at the moment.”

The presidential election entered its ultimate day on Sunday. Putin is extensively anticipated to win reelection, as main opposition figures had been disqualified from working.

Source / Picture: jurist.org

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