On June 12, when Russians celebrate the Day of Russia in Moscow, Saint-Petersburg and dozens of other major cities held protests, organized by the Fund of struggle against corruption and its head – Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny.
In General, public events and festivities dedicated to the celebration of Day of Russia, took part more than 2.5 million people, quoted the interior Ministry to the news Agency «Interfax».
On the eve of Navalny released an emergency message on the transfer of shares with Sakharov Avenue on Tverskaya street. The rally on Sakharov was agreed with the authorities, but, according to Navalny, the organizers were unable to find a single contractor who would set up the stage for the meeting. According to contractors, they were under pressure from the Moscow city hall. The transfer of shares to Tverskaya street, the Moscow authorities called a «provocation».
On uncoordinated action against corruption in Moscow have detained 600 people in St. Petersburg, where the protesters chanted «Down with the king!» about 300, reports the website of TV channel «Rain» with reference to the publication «OVD-info».
Among the detainees – the Alexei Navalny, which took in the entrance of his house. He faces up to 30 days of administrative arrest. Arrested also the Chairman of the movement «Open Russia» Alexander Soloviev and his coordinator Maria Baronova. «Was detained by the employees who did not introduce himself shoved into a paddy wagon, not saying where he was taken,» — said Solovyov.
On Pushkin square in Moscow near the building where the editorial office of the newspaper «Izvestia», the protesters were beaten with batons and used gas, the correspondent of «Open Russia». According to the chief editor of «media zones» Sergei Smirnov, it was pepper gas. The head of Department of regional security and combating corruption of the mayor of Moscow Vladimir Chernikov traditionally said that «employees of the Moscow police acted in strict compliance with the law.»
Moscow mayor Sergei Sobyanin has refused to comment on uncoordinated action against corruption.
«Alexei Navalny has decided to arrange a provocation, inviting people to come to the rally on Tverskaya street,» he said in an interview with TV channel «Rain» Deputy Secretary General Council of «United Russia» Yevgeny Revenko. According to him, the opposition leader fears that they will gather less people than the organizers of the rally against the renovation may 14. Revenko claims that the Bulk of the «deceived people and provoked to violate the law.»
Naina Yeltsin, the widow of Russia’s first President, also commented on the protests on 12 June, which were held in dozens of cities across the country. In her opinion, the protest is a right of citizens guaranteed by the Constitution.