In Moscow, on Strastnoy Boulevard, a rally in support of free Internet collected, according to the interior Ministry, nearly 800 participants. The organizers of the event announced about 3-4 thousand.
Activists spoke out against the “law of messengers”, a ban proxies and VPN, the “law of Spring” and censorship in the Network. In addition, the protesters demanded the rehabilitation of defendants in criminal cases for reposts and likes in social networks and called for the resignation of the head of Roskomnadzor Alexander Zharov, reports RBC.
Participants marched with placards “No censorship and dictatorship”, “Freedom to the word everywhere and always”, “the Word of truth is stronger than censorship”, “Forbid to forbid”, “the Internet is not to ban, it is better to dissolve the Duma”, “Russia without Putin, Internet without censorship”, “Down with police state”, “Free Internet — free country”, “Freedom math, Dmitry Bogatov”, “one-two-three, Zharov go” and others.
Photo: Oleg Yakovlev / RBC
Activists of the movement “Protest Moscow” told RBC that at the entrance before the part they have seized about ten posters. “The posters were asking you to send Zharov to resign, and also that all of these prohibitions — Russophobia,” — said one of the activists. In addition, one of the activists, Ruslan Ivanov was arrested for illegal campaigning and was taken to Tver OVD. “He had leaflets in support of Navalny. Ruslan told me, an employee of the center “e” pulled the leaflets and detained him for illegal campaigning. Now it was almost released without a Protocol, found out that he’s an adult,” — said in a conversation with RBC, ally, Ivanov.
At the end of the March were detained another activist with a poster of “Internet without Putin,” but it was released almost immediately. “Major showed that I need to hold. When detained, began to find out why. I took the poster and released”, — the activist told to the correspondent of RBC. Another activist was arrested for illegal campaigning before the March. Thus, RBC has witnessed three arrests.
Order at the rally was watched by law enforcement. “The security of citizens involved members of Regardie,” said RBC in the press service of Regardie. The number of law enforcement agencies in Department didn’t specify.
The organizers of the rally were made by PARNAS, “Democratic choice”, and “December 5”, the Pirate party of Russia, “Civil initiative”, the libertarian party and public organization “Roskomsvoboda”. The campaign managed to coordinate with the Metropolitan municipality three times.
The last event with the participation of PARNAS took place on 28 may on the South-West of Moscow, the participants agreed the meeting opposed the renovation. According to the “White counter”, it was attended by about 5 thousand people. The organizers also made “Apple” December 5 Party, “Democratic choice”.