MOSCOW, August 15 (Itar-Tass) — Police prevented an unsanctioned mass action in central Moscow overnight to Monday, sources from the press service of the Russian Interior Ministry told Tass on Monday.
On Sunday night, a group of young people aged between 14 and 22 got together in central Rozhdestvenka Street. Within minutes, another 200 or so people joined them. According to the Interior Ministry, most of them were drunk and tried to block traffic.
Police were rushed to the scene to prevent mass violations of public order. As police were arriving, a group of 250 people tried to move further down the street, but was blocked.
“It was an organized youth action, and Interior Ministry services knew about it beforehand,” ministry sources said, specifying that the young people had got together after a championship in extreme sports.
Police identified those who had tried to encourage the crowd to unlawful acts, holding two 22-year-old Muscovites administratively liable.