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.

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'Russia without Putin'

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

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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".

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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.

 

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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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