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Thousands join rally in Moscow

AFP
Published Aug 11, 2019, 2:34 am IST
Updated Aug 11, 2019, 2:34 am IST
The White Counter, an NGO that tracks participants in rallies, counted 40,000 people, while Moscow police gave a attendance figure of 20,000.
Protesters holds a poster reading “Free (jailed student) Kirill Zhukov!” in central Moscow on Saturday. (Photo: AFP)
 Protesters holds a poster reading “Free (jailed student) Kirill Zhukov!” in central Moscow on Saturday. (Photo: AFP)

Moscow: Tens of thousands of opposition supporters rallied in Moscow on Saturday after mass police detentions at recent protests that have been among the largest since President Vladimir Putin's return to the Kremlin in 2012.

On a cold rainy afternoon, protesters huddled under umbrellas on the central Prospekt Andreya Sakharova street, where city authorities had given permission for the rally to take place but deployed a massive police presence, including officers in riot gear.

 

The White Counter, an NGO that tracks participants in rallies, counted 40,000 people, while Moscow police gave a attendance figure of 20,000.

In recent weeks, thousands have attended street protests calling for free and fair elections after the exclusion of several opposition figures, from local Moscow polls next month.

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