Over 1,000 people detained during Saturday’s protests in Moscow, says ombudsperson

Over 1,000 people detained during Saturday’s protests in Moscow, says ombudsperson
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  • calendar-gray 24 January 2021

More than 1,000 people were detained during unauthorized rallies in Moscow on January 23, the city’s human rights ombudsperson Tatiana Poyayeva said on Sunday.

"According to preliminary data, more than 1,000 people were detained. Moscow’s ombudsperson will issue corresponding inquiries to specify the figure," as follows from a press statement on the website of the city’s human rights ombudsperson.

According to the ombudsperson, most of the protesters were young people aged from 20 to 30. There were also a lot of underage children.

According to the ombudsperson’s press service, Potyayev was in contact with human rights activists, members of the public supervisory commission and the police to help resolve the situation around a number of those detained during the rally.

Unauthorized rallies in support of opposition Alexey Navalny were held in Moscow and other Russian cities on January 23. According to a TASS source in medical institutions, 42 police officers received various injuries. A number of the protesters were also injured.

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