About 350 people participated on Saturday in a rally organized by Yabloko party on Chistye Prudy in Moscow; a party member and the organizer of the event, Maiya Zavialova, was detained by the police for exceeding the agreed number of participants, a spokesperson for the Moscow police said.
It was reported that Yabloko leader Sergei Mitrokhin was also detained.
The rally took place on Chistoprudny Boulevard near the Griboyedov Monument to introduce the so-called Churov list, which includes the names of people engaged in parliamentary elections fraud. The rally was sanctioned by the Moscow authorities.
“About 350 people participated in the rally, but only 300 had been sanctioned to attend. After the rally was over, Zavialova was asked to come to the police department to fill out a form for an administrative violation for exceeding the approved number of participants. She refused and was taken to the police office, where a protocol will be drawn up,” a spokesperson said.
Mitrokhin was detained for disobeying the demands of the police. "Yesterday the organizers were told how they could get to the place of the rally. Arriving at the site of the rally, Mitrokhin decided to go through the center, avoiding the metal detectors. He pushed through the barriers, pushed passed the police and called on participants to follow him without inspection,” a spokesperson said, adding that there was a video of the incident.
He said that the party leader was taken to the police office to draw up a protocol on the administrative violation.