- Jul 2011
More: Police Beat, Detain Protesters, Opposition Figures At Moscow RallyMOSCOW -- Police in Moscow have detained and beaten opposition politicians, along with protesters, in an attempt to disperse a demonstration against the refusal of election officials to register several opposition figures as candidates in municipal elections.
OVD-Info, an organization that monitors political arrests, said more than 630 demonstrators were detained by police around the unsanctioned rally on July 27 amid a heavy security presence in the Russian capital.
Several opposition figures and would-be candidates were among those detained -- including Ivan Zhdanov, Ilya Yashin, and Dmitry Gudkov.
Lyubov Sobol, an opposition leader whose bid to run in the municipal election was rejected by the city's election commission, was detained by police on July 27 on her way to the rally in central Moscow.
Aleksandra Parushina, a Moscow city councilwoman from the opposition A Just Russia party, told the Russian-language Current Time television that she was struck in the head by riot police from Russia's OMON force who "brutally" dispersed a crowd that was attempting to form near the Moscow mayor's office on Tverskaya Street, one of of the city's main thoroughfares.
"The OMON was called with batons and they started pushing us back very brutally and, in this horrific stampede, they began hitting people on their heads," Parushina said. "I received a blow. At first I did not even feel the pain, just saw so much blood on me from somewhere."
"I was probably unconscious for a moment and when I came back to my senses I heard OMON officers offering to fetch me an ambulance," Parushina said. "I refused because I was worried about all the people here and I decided to come back to be with all of them. At the end people managed to give me first aid."
Parushina said shortly after the incident that she had not yet decided what action she would take in response to the violence. But she called for the resignation of Moscow Mayor Sergei Soyanin, a close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, saying that what he is doing is "no longer leadership but destruction."
Protesters face off with police and Rosgvardia near City Hall
This older fellow, who apparently supports Boris Nemtsov, the opposition figure who was murdered back in 2015, reportedly called Putin a "suka" ("bitch") and expressed his desire to beat the guy up, before he was taken away lol
Overall, it started off more or less peacefully, but then, at one point, a group of protesters fought their way through one of the police lines, overwhelming them with numbers
Which is exactly what happened here, they just pulled out the truncheons and started messing people up, cracking heads, plenty of protesters were left bleeding
Konstantin Konovalov, a young designer and graphic artist, who was jogging in the area and it is not entirely clear to me whether he was actually himself involved in the protest or was just an innocent bystander, was set upon by Rosgvardia and had his leg broken
Another young man apparently left bleeding from the head after a beating by OMON/Rosgvardia
Truncheons and dogs against protesters already on the ground in handcuffs
Aleksandra Parushina, the opposition party member of City Council, who had her head busted open
Police break into opposition leader Alexey Navalny's online broadcast studio/office, as they were live-streaming the protests
Brave lady in a wheelchair confronts the OMON
Don't see shit like that every day...
lol A couple argues with OMON officers who blocked their way toward a restaurant in the area, where they were heading to their wedding party
I want you, my American friends, honestly, to look at this. This is how people over there are fighting for nothing more than their right to freely elect their politicians. The same right you all take for granted, seemingly, and surrender at will to shady "Electoral Colleges" and such. I have seen some here refer to Trump as a dictator and whatnot at time. He is not. At least yet. But, if you don't want to descend to this, as a country, remember what you have. Cherish and defend it. Period.