Tens Of Thousands Of People Are Marching On The Streets Of Moscow

Russia Protests June

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Anti-government protestors have taken to the streets of Moscow for a “March of Millions”, with organisers putting their numbers as high as 200,000, Russia Today reports.While police estimates are significantly lower (22,000), whats more important is the timing of the march. Just last night armed (and sometimes masked) Russian authorities raided the homes of a number of opposition leaders yesterday, including prominent blogger Alexei Navalny and opposition socialite Ksenia Sobcha. Following the raids, #Hello1937 began trending on Twitter after the raids, a reference to Stalin’s purges of 1937.

There’s also the matter of the new fines being placed on unauthorised protests. The fine for individuals has been raised to $9,000 — more than the country’s average wage of $8,500 a year, the New York Times noted. Today’s rally is officially sanctioned for 50,000 people.

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