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YABLOKO leader and 17 activists arrested by the State Duma

Press Release

June 5, 2012

Police have begun arrests among the participants of walking protests against adoption of the law restricting the constitutional right to assembly and protest. YABLOKO leader Sergei Mitrokhin, Galina Mikhalyova, Executive Secretary of YABLOKOs Political Committee, Kirill Gontcharov, leader of the Youth YABLOKO, Sergei Sokolov, municipal deputy from the YABLOKO party 18 people in total, nine of them are YABLOKO members - are arrested by the State Duma.

The police have also used violence in arresting several civil activists. At present the police are going on detaining activists.


Earlier in the day Sergei Mitrokhin came to the entrance of the State Duma and explained to the police that todays action would be carried on in the form of an advertising campaign for a permitted picket and such an action should not be coordinated with the authorities. However, some time later the police began forceful detentions of the activists.

This YABLOKOs action was supported by the Moscow branch of Solidarnost and number of other organisations. Earlier Sergei Mitrokhin had called the organizers and the participants of mass-scale protest actions to come to the State Duma on the day of hearing of the law and offer rebuff to such initiatives by the ruling party.


A permitted picket against the law toughening penalties for rallies is to take place at the Revolution square, Moscow, at 11:00.

Photographs by Novaya Gazeta and Anton Baskakov


See also:

Mitrokhin released without charges, other activists will stand before court. Press Release, May 22, 2012.

Sergei Mitrokhin and activists detained at the "walking protests" by the State Duma
Press Release, May 22, 2012.

Youth YABLOKO to picket the State Duma protesting against raising of fines for rallies
Press Release, May 17, 2012.

Yavlinsky called on the "walking protestors" in St. Petersburg to set political goals. Interfax. May 15, 2012

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Press Release

June 5, 2012

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