- Title: "Outraged by the injustice and mayhem in courts" - Russians queue up to protest
- Date: 18th September 2019
- Summary: MOSCOW, RUSSIA (SEPTEMBER 18, 2019) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF MAN HOLDING PLACARD READING (Russian) "I AM/WE ARE THE ENTIRE COUNTRY" NEAR PRESIDENTIAL ADMINISTRATION BUILDING VARIOUS OF PEOPLE QUEUED UP FOR PICKETING WOMAN WALKING, UNFOLDING PLACARD POLICE NEAR PROTESTERS (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) ACTRESS, ELIZAVETA VODOLAZSKAYA, SAYING: "I am outraged by the injustice and mayhem in our courts. It applies not only to Pavel Ustinov but to all persons involved in the 'Moscow case' (nickname for trials of people detained at opposition rallies in July and August)." VARIOUS OF WOMAN HOLDING PLACARD (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) FILM DIRECTOR, ALEKSANDER VOYTYNSKIY, SAYING: "I came here to protect myself. Because now I am deprived of my right to walk freely. An innocent person can be grabbed, beaten and thrown to jail. Tomorrow it will happen to me, to my friends, to my children, to my wife. I forced to protect myself!" VARIOUS OF RUSSIAN OPPOSITION ACTIVIST LYUBOV SOBOL HOLDING PLACARD, WALKING AWAY PEOPLE QUEUED UP VARIOUS OF SOBOL SIGNING PAPER (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) OPPOSITION ACTIVIST, LYUBOV SOBOL, SAYING: "I decided to take part because I stand against political repression that the authorities are carrying out right now. I think that we, the citizens of our country, must resist this lawlessness. We must defend our rights guaranteed by the Constitution." WOMAN UNFOLDING PLACARD RUSSIAN FLAG ON TOP OF BUILDING / PEOPLE QUEUED UP (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) ACTOR, YEGOR RYBAKOV, SAYING: "I think this is a kind of protest that can help. As long as people stay at home, as long as we are silent about our rights and freedoms - nobody will do anything for us or say anything and no one will give us anything." MAN HOLDING PLACARD SIGN READING (Russian) "PRESIDENTIAL EXECUTIVE OFFICE BUILDING" MOSCOW, RUSSIA (SEPTEMBER 18, 2019) (REUTERS) (MUTE) TIME LAPSE OF PEOPLE TAKING TURNS TO PROTEST
- Embargoed: 2nd October 2019 15:03
- Keywords: Russian protests activists arrests jailed protesters Russian courts Pavel Ustinov
- Location: MOSCOW, RUSSIA
- City: MOSCOW, RUSSIA
- Country: Russia
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace
- Reuters ID: LVA001AX6Q8NB
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Hundreds of people queued up in Moscow near Presidential administration to take part in one-person protests on Wednesday (September 18).
Protests followed several guilty verdicts regarding political activists who were detained at opposition rallies in July and August. Several were given jail terms for assaulting police officers, convictions the opposition says are part of a broader crackdown aimed at stymying its activities.
On Monday (September 16), a 23-year-old actor Pavel Ustinov was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison for using violence against a policeman during an unauthorized protest in Moscow last month.
Ustinov's cause was taken up by celebrities who shared their anger with millions of followers on Instagram.
"I am outraged by the injustice and mayhem in our courts. It applies not only to Pavel Ustinov but to all persons involved in the 'Moscow case'," actress Elizaveta Vodolazskaya told Reuters TV.
The authorities say many of this summer's opposition protests were illegal because they were not formally authorised and that people were prosecuted for breaking the law.
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