Among the detainees there are opposition activists Ilya Yashin, Vyacheslav Maltsev, Mark Galperin, director of the Anti-Corruption Foundation Roman Rubanov, and coordinator of Open Russia community platform Maria Baronova.
Police detain activists on Tverskaya Street, Pushkin Square, and on Sakharov Avenue.
Participants of the rally on Tverskaya Street chanted “Shame!”, “Russia without Putin!” and “Putin is a thief!”
Oppositionist Alexei Navalny was detained earlier at the entrance of the apartment building he lives in. His detention was explained by his appeals to citizens to participate in an uncoordinated protest action. Now he faces up to 30 days of administrative arrest.
On Sunday evening on his website Navalny published a message that a coordinated protest rally on Sakharov Avenue in Moscow was canceled. Instead, he urged his supporters to go to a peaceful rally on Tverskaya Street. The Moscow prosecutor’s office warned the organizers about the “inadmissibility of violations of the law.”
The Moscow City Hall allowed the opposition to walk along Tverskaya Street on the condition that the procession will pass without any posters or slogans. The Moscow authorities called the activists’ actions “inappropriate”.