MOSCOW, June 12 (RIA Novosti)
- Moscow Police Swoop on Opposition Ahead of Anti-Putin March
- Opposition Agrees Protest Route for June 12
- Putin Approves Huge Rise in Protest Fines
- Russian Rally Law Pushes Protesters Abroad
- City Hall Bans Protest March Near Kremlin
Russian opposition leaders who were summoned by Russia’s Investigative Committee as part of a probe into the May 6 riots have appeared for questioning, a police source said on Tuesday.
The homes of Russian opposition figures anti-corruption blogger Alexei Navalny, Left Front leader Sergei Udaltsov, Solidarity movement head Ilya Yashin and TV star and socialite-turned-opposition activist Ksenia Sobchak were searched by police on Monday as part of probe into the May 6 rally that turned into violent clashes between protesters and police.
Investigators said the searches were legal while critics accused authorities of cracking down on Russian protest movement leaders.
Three of the protest leaders appeared before investigators an hour before the demonstration in downtown Moscow, in protest against the rule of President Vladimir Putin, which the authorities have permitted 50,000 people to attend.
Udaltsov opted to go to the rally instead, his lawyers formally requesting the investigators to reschedule the meeting. He led the crowd in chanting “Revolution!” at the start of the march.
Over 400 people were arrested and scores injured after a May 6 rally against Putin’s rule turned violent when protesters briefly broke through police lines in a bid to take their protest to the Kremlin walls. Putin’s opponents accuse him of corruption and curtailing political freedom, though the government denies its laws on public demonstrations are more excessive than those used in Europe.
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- NikoPlease stop calling him anti-corruption bloger !13:18, 12/06/2012He is usual demagog and populist without education. He has bought his diploma in 1998, in times when Rectors and Professors on Russian universities could hardly earn a dolar a day to survive and feed their own families. This wasnt unusual event in Russia those days ! You could by a nuclear bomb for a bottle of Vodka those days in 90's !
This maggot is now calling himsel "anti-corruption bloger" ...common people !
Use your common sense, he is usual charlatan and imposter, who will do everything to gain media attention. He would even eat his own feces on street, if CNN or BBC would make a report.
It is time for Russian nation to end with this post-soviet hooliganism and banditism !
News that Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin would resign in order to run for the mayoral election in September came as quite a shock. Sobyanin’s political potential is fairly dubious, not to mention his approval ratings. He has not finished many of the projects he initiated and the electoral effect from these projects is expected to come a bit later than September 2013. Sobyanin’s opponents were not entirely unprepared for this blitzkrieg.