: :inin Kyiv (EET)

Over 1,000 detained in Moscow rally – human rights activists

Some 1,030 protesters were detained on Tverskaya Street by Moscow riot police Sunday, according to preliminary data collected by OVD-Info, the organization monitoring political persecution.

At the moment, at least 120 people have not been released from police stations they had been taken to.

According to human rights activists, at least in 22 police stations across Moscow, detainees were interrogated by detectives of the Investigative Committee, reportedly in connection with the injured policeman.

”Most of the detainees have already been released after protocols had been signed on their administrative offense under Article 20.2 of the Code of Administrative Offenses, providing for a fine of up to RUB 20,000 for `violation by a participant in a public gathering of the established procedure for holding a meeting.` They are due to be tried,” it was reported.

Earlier, anti-corruption rallies were held across Russia on March 26. The protests were sparked by the recent publication of an investigation by Alexei Navalny`s Anti-Corruption Foundation on the undeclared real estate of  Prime Minster Dmitry Medvedev.

According to various estimates, in Moscow alone, some 10,000 to 30,000 people took to the streets Sunday.

According to unofficial data, between 5,000 and 10,000 people rallied in St. Petersburg.


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