"He's not our tsar": Rallies start across Russian Federation ahead of Putin's inauguration

May 05, 2018, 18:10

The activist was detained at the unauthorized rally in Moscow, police confirmed.

Today, supporters of the anticorruption activist, Aleksei Navalny, will be protesting President Putin's Monday inauguration.

"Similarly, the subsequent violent crackdowns by the police on peaceful demonstrations over the past year - in which hundreds of people have been arbitrarily detained - have shown the persistent failure by the authorities to respect and protect the rights to peaceful assembly and personal liberty". It said in a protest in Yakutsk in the far northeast, 75 were detained but all have since been released.

Navalny has called for nationwide rallies to protest against inauguration on 7 May to a fourth presidential term.

In Moscow and Saint Petersburg - where the rallies were to begin at 1100 GMT - authorities have not granted permission for the demonstrations to go ahead. "But he is not our tsar".

Thousands of demonstrators denouncing Putin's upcoming inauguration into a fourth term gathered Saturday in the square for an unauthorized protest that was part of a day of nationwide demonstrations under the slogan "He is not our czar".

A Sputnik correspondent also reported from the scene that the police asked the crowd at Pushkin Square to leave and not to interfere with the passage of other citizens, warning about the possibility of using force in case of disobedience.

Criminal charges were brought against around 30 demonstrators and many of them were sentenced to prison terms of between 2.5-4.5 years.

Putin, who has ruled Russian Federation for nearly two decades, was re-elected for a fourth Kremlin term in March.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.

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