Russia Cracks Down on anti-Kremlin Protest, Detains Activists
The Russian government broke up rallies today in Moscow – and detained dozens of activists, as the Washington Post reports. Rallies were held in reference to the 31st article of the Constitution, which guarantees the right to assembly.
Activists participating in mourning ceremonies following Monday’s attack in the subway also met with violence. Human Rights First’s former dinner awardee Lyudmila Alexeyeva – an 83 year-old human rights champion – was hit on the head by authorities.
Human Rights First issued an action alert last week, asking Medvedev to grant protesters the right to peaceful assembly. Read more.