Protest in Moscow against reforms that could keep Putin in power till 2036

Updated: Jul 16, 2020, 08:04 AM(IST)

Dozens of people were arrested at a protest in Moscow against constitutional reforms that give President Vladimir Putin the option to remain in power for another 16 years.

Let's take a look:

'No to eternal Putin'

About 500 demonstrators, many of whom wore face masks branded with the word "no", chanted calls for Putin to resign and held up banners against the reforms.


'Russia without Putin'

Some protesters brandished placards, while others chanted "Russia without Putin" and "Russia will be free." 


Populist measures

LGBT activists took part in a protest against amendments to Russia's Constitution including populist measures such as an effective ban on gay marriage.

 The placard reads: "I don't recognize the authority that keeps me from having a family".


Hundreds detained

Russian police detained 142 people including a high-profile Moscow deputy after Kremlin critics protested against changes to the constitution, according to the OVD-Info monitor, a group which tracks arrests at political protests.



Mass gatherings prohibited

Mass gatherings are banned in the capital because of COVID-19 restrictions. Even in normal times, protests of more than one person require the authorities' advance consent.



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