Urals activists express support to March of Millions
Urals activists joined the nationwide campaign, March of Millions, on Saturday.
A permitted rally of solidarity with the protest action in Moscow took place on Yekaterinburg Truda Square in spite of cold and rainy weather, rally co-organizer Yaroslav Shirshikov told Interfax.
He said up to 1,000 people attended the rally at some point, which was more than the organizers had expected. The police said the rally had no more than 350 participants.
The activists demanded the release of political prisoners and fair elections. There were a number of provocations, Shirshikov said.
The permitted rally in support of the March of Millions near the Lenin Monument on Aloye Pole in Chelyabinsk had about 100 participants.
It was raining hard and the protesters had to open their umbrellas or hide under tree branches, but none of them left.
Flags of the Left Front, Solidarity and Strategy 31 were put up on the Lenin Monument pedestal.
The rally demanded the resignation of federal authorities, the Chelyabinsk regional governor and city officials, as well as fair elections, freezing of public utility tariffs and development of the city.
The action was calm, and the police did not interfere in it.
The permitted rally "For Fair and Responsible Authorities" was held in Tyumen to support the March of Millions. The activists gathered on a square in front of the regional government building.
The organizers said the action had approximately 80 participants. A city administration representative said only 20 protesters came to the square.
The regional police reported the action was calm and there was no breach of order.