Protests Call for Fair Moscow Elections08/17 09:04
MOSCOW (AP) -- About 4,000 people have held a rally in Moscow to demand
fairness in upcoming city council elections, and solo pickets protesting the
exclusion of some opposition and independent candidates are taking place at
The actions Saturday have been much smaller and less heated than recent
weekend protests over the issue. Two unauthorized demonstrations were
previously harshly broken up by police, with more than 2,000 people detained
altogether; a sanctioned demonstration last week attracted as many as 60,000
people, the largest protest in several years.
The authorized rally on Saturday was organized by the Communist Party. The
solo pickets are following a law that demonstrations by a single person do not
require official permission.
No detentions have been reported.