Thousands of Russian opposition protestors were expected to group up and rally together once again in Moscow on Saturday in order to demand free elections, despite there being a widespread ban on the event.
During a similar protest last week, the police managed to detain more than 1,000 people, on certain occasions through violent manners. This was one of the biggest security operations in recent years as the incident was heavily criticised by international officials.
A court in Moscow held on Friday stated that 88 people were taken into custody for being a part of last weekend’s protest, with another 332 fined, and more than 1,000 charges were given.
As a result of the incident, plenty of the anti-Kremlin opposition’s political leaders are in jail, particularly Alexei Navalny, the leader of the political party Russia of the Future.
The main focus of the protestors’ anger is the prohibition on a number of opposition-minded candidates, many being Navalny’s allies, from being able to take part in the upcoming elections to be held in September.
According to authorities, the opposition candidates did not manage to collect enough genuine signatures in order to register for the election, yet the excluded candidates claim that this is a lie, saying that they want to take part as they are confident that they can win it.