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Police Drives the Opposition Camp Away; the Camp Moves Parks
16.05.2012 11:32
Police Drives the Opposition Camp Away; the Camp Moves Parks
Abai at the centre of "popular festival" of Russian opposition

On Wednesday morning, Moscow police drove the opposition camp away from Chistye Prudy in pursuance of the Basmanny Court order and detained approx. 20 people. The Moscow authorities earlier calculated the financial ruin caused by the campers; it is estimated at 1mln RUB. The camp was a long-term "popular festival" organised by the opposition leaders. It was nicknamed "OccupyAbai" for centering around the monument to the Kazakh poet Abai Kunanbaev in Christoprudny Boulevard.

      The camp has moved places and is now located in a public park near Barrikadnaya metro station. There are currently approx. 100 people, a field kitchen, and water supplies are delivered by the public.

      The opposition leaders warned in the past that in the event of the Chistye Prudy camp being dispersed by the police they would move elsewhere. The activists protest against the unfair elections and deep-rooted corruption.

      Meanwhile, commenting on the possible actions that the President may undertake against the opposition, Olga Kryshtanovskaya noted that it would make no sense to put any of the leaders in jail: "<This revolution> is orchestrated by the Internet accounts. You may put <Navalny> in prison, and someone else will write in his account in his name... People will move accounts and Facebook groups and continue their activities".

      The Moscow authorities, however, vouched to not allow activities like the opposition camp in Chistye Prudy to happen again, claiming that their impact is detrimental to the city's look and budget. It remains to be seen what is wainting down the line those who presently settled in a park in Kudrinskaya Square.


Author: Julia Shuvalova

Tags: Russian politics Russian society OccupyAbai   

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