Russian opposition activists picket for free elections
A woman takes part in a protest demanding authorities to allow opposition candidates to run in the upcoming local election and release people arrested for participation in opposition rallies, in Moscow, Russia.
Reuters Moscow, Russia
Aug 17, 2019, 08.29 PM
Russian opposition activists staged a string of pickets in central Moscow on Saturday to call for free elections and for charges against protesters detained at recent rallies to be dropped.
Moscow has been rocked by weekly protests for more than a month since the authorities barred opposition candidates from running in an election for the city's legislature in September.
Police have briefly detained more than 2,000 protesters in recent weeks, launched criminal cases against some dozen people for mass disorder and used force to disperse what they said were illegal protests.
In contrast, Saturday's solo pickets, spread across three locations in Moscow, were peaceful and opposition supporters scarce.