Editor's blog: Police break up peaceful protests on Russia Day

posted 20 Jun 2017, 09:25 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 13 Jul 2017, 13:43 ]
20 June 2017

...a look back at the week of 10 - 16 June 2017

Right of assembly

Last week, right of assembly was the main focus of attention for observers of the human rights scene in Russia. On 12 June, Russia Day, the renewed enthusiasm for peaceful, public protest, seen on 26 March, once again showed itself on Russian streets. OVD.Info reported that 1,720 protesters were detained by police (866 in Moscow, 658 in St. Petersburg). Amnesty International said that protesters had been subjected to cruel and degrading treatment. The pattern of dealing with the anti-corruption protests with bans, often brutal police action and arrests was repeated in many other Russian cities. A few days later and on a smaller scale there were also protests (on 14 June) against the vast housing demolition programme proposed by the Moscow city authorities. On that day at least 16 protesters were detained outside the State Duma. [Read more]