Supporters of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation, who did not agree with the results of the elections to the State Duma in Moscow, went to a rally on Pushkin Square in the capital. The participants consider remote electronic voting (DEG) to be falsified. The rally was attended by a human rights activist and a former member of the Public Monitoring Commission (POC) of Moscow, Marina Litvinovich, and a State Duma deputy from the Communist Party of the Russian Federation, chairman of the Moscow City Party Committee Valery Rashkin, a Kommersant correspondent reports. The number of participants is estimated at about 300 people.
Those gathered chanted the slogans “Freedom for political prisoners”, “Shame”, “We are in power here”, “Navalny”. Almost all of the protesters do not have medical masks. The rally was supposed to be attended by the candidate from the Communist Party of the Russian Federation, Anastasia Udaltsova, who won in her single-mandate constituency. However, she fell ill and did not come because of the high temperature.
The press service of the Department of Regional Security and Anti-Corruption of Moscow reported that the rallies of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation were not agreed due to restrictions introduced to prevent the spread of coronavirus. In particular, the party received information about its intention to hold actions on September 20, 21 and 25, 2021 from 19:00 to 21:00 on Pushkin Square with up to 5 thousand participants in each event. The action on Pushkinskaya was held as a meeting with a State Duma deputy, which does not require approval.
“Taking into account the prevailing epidemiological situation, in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus on the territory of the city of Moscow, there is a ban on holding public events,” the press service said (quoted by TASS).
Elections to the Russian State Duma were held from 17 to 19 September. Regional and municipal elections were also held in the country. Remote electronic voting (DEG) was conducted in Moscow, Kursk, Nizhny Novgorod, Yaroslavl, Murmansk and Rostov regions, as well as in Sevastopol.
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