Police in Moscow Broke Up Meeting of Dissent

Triumphal SquarePolice broke up an unauthorised demonstration against the policies of Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin at Moscow’s Triumphal Square on 31 July 2009, arresting several of the protesters.

Among those arrested were National Bolsheviks, members of the United Civic Front, Solidarity movement, civic activists, accidental passers-by, and journalists. At least 47 people were arrested before the start of the demonstration, including prominent opposition leader Eduard Limonov.

Moscow human rights activist Lev Ponomarev called the actions by the security forces, who were present in great numbers, as “completely disproportionate.” Protest organisers accused the police of abusing their power and signaled plans to hold more demonstrations throughout Russia in August 2009.


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