‘Protest Walk’ with Writers Gathers 2,000 in Downtown Moscow

A ‘protest’ walk with writers and musicians has gathered about 2,000 people in downtown Moscow, the Moscow police press office reported on Sunday.

“The event called ‘the control walk’ has ended. Its participants created difficulties for road traffic while no other public order violations were registered,” the press office said.

The protest walk started at the monument to Alexander Pushkin in Pushkin Square and was intended to end at the Griboyedov statue at the Chistiye Prudy metro station but some protesters moved farther to greet the opposition camp set up nearby.

The idea of a ‘protest walk’ was suggested by writer Boris Akunin who actively participated in protests against the alleged election fraud in winter.

The aim of the protest walk is to “establish whether Muscovites can freely walk after all in their own city or they need a special permit for that,” he said.


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