Opposition activists and renowned cultural figures who participated in a protest walk strolled across St. Petersburg and returned to St. Isaac’s Square where the action started.
Over a hundred people, including famous musicians, artists, and also film director Alexander Sokurov, started their stroll across St. Petersburg from St. Isaac’s Square towards Nevsky Prospect. On Arts Square they began to recite poems and sang songs. Police warned the participants that their action was breaking the law on holding meetings and rallies. After which the participants sang a few songs and decided to continue their walk. Taking Nevsky Prospect they returned to St. Isaac’s Square.
The organizers of the action said that next Sunday they plan to hold a protest walk again.
The protest walk with writers in Moscow a week ago gathered some 2,000 participants according to the police while the organizers put the figure at 10,000.
The idea of a ‘protest walk’ was suggested by writer Boris Akunin who actively participated in protests against the alleged fraud at the parliamentary elections in winter.
The Moscow protest walk took place after the police’s tight response to the March of Millions held on the eve of the inauguration of Vladimir Putin for a third presidential term, in which dozens of people were detained.