82-Year Old Dissident Detained in Moscow

dissidentSince I’m originally from Russia, this story hits me close to home:

“I don’t know why I was detained… How could I possibly offer any resistance to anyone?” she said, quoted by Echo Moskvy radio, which reported that between 30 and 50 people had been detained.

A coalition of opposition groups organised the December 31 rally to defend their right to protest, as enshrined under Article 31 of the Russian constitution. Unsanctioned rallies are one of the few outlets for Russia’s weak and fragmented opposition.

“Down with Putinism, Freedom to Russia,” one protester shouted from the window of a bus being driven to a local police station, a reference to Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. The opposition say Putin was the architect of a major clampdown on civilliberties in Russia during his presidency from 2000-2008.

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