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Portraits of State Duma deputies and members of the Federation Council who supported the law were thrown into the trash can
The so-called “March against scoundrels” or a march against the “anti-magnetic law” took place in the center of Moscow.
“Dima Yakovlev’s Law”, which came into force on January 1, inter alia, prohibited American families from adopting orphans from Russia. It became a response to the “Magnitsky Act” adopted in the USA. The law caused a great public outcry: many were outraged by the “use of children for political purposes”.
The Sunday march had been previously agreed. Columns of protesters marched from Strastnoy Boulevard to Sakharov Avenue. There was no rally, no stage, no stands: after the march, people dropped ballots into the boxes for the dissolution of the State Duma, after which they dispersed.
The main demands of the protesters were to lift the ban on adoption. They also called for the dissolution of the State Duma and the Federation Council, which voted for this law..
The number of participants in the march is estimated in different ways. The Moscow police department reports about 9.5 thousand participants. At the same time, the organizers talk about 30 thousand people. The correspondent of the Russian service “Voice of America”, which took part in the march, believes that the march gathered the declared 20 thousand people.
Two days before the march, the prosecutor’s office of the Central Administrative District of Moscow warned the organizers Olga Belkova, Alexander Ryklin, Yekaterina Tarakanova, Evgenia Tretyakov and Pyotr Tsarkov about “preventing possible violations of the law.” According to official data, about 4 thousand police officers and vigilantes worked on this day in the area of the march.
During the march, a dense crowd filled the boulevards. Despite the cold weather – minus 15 degrees – people looked cheerful and confident. The participants told the Voice of America correspondent that they “could not help but come.” “How else to show the authorities that we are outraged by this strange“ symmetrical response ”?” Explains Elena.
It is interesting that many came to such an opposition rally for the first time. “I didn’t go to Bolotnaya and Sakharov,” says Alexander. – But here somehow it is already quite overkill with this new law. I decided to leave “.
This time, several people in wheelchairs could be seen in the crowd. Parents with children also came to the march.
In the hands of the protesters were portraits of State Duma deputies and members of the Federation Council who supported the “anti-Magnit” law, as well as of President Putin, on which “Shame” was written in red. It is worth noting that before the march, the organizers argued on the Internet about whether these portraits should be printed. They were afraid that someone might start to trample or burn faces provocatively. However, portraits appeared at the rally. At the end of the procession, they were thrown into a huge garbage can. Those who came to the boulevards said that it was interesting for them to look at the faces of those who adopted the “anti-child” law.
At the end of the march, portraits of State Duma deputies and members of the Federation Council, who supported; the anti-Magnit law, as well as President Putin, were thrown into a huge trash can. Moscow, Russia January 13, 2013
A controversy even flared up next to the Voice of America correspondent. “Is it really we who chose such deputies?” An elderly woman asked. “The Duma is illegitimate!” A bearded man in a white knitted scarf, which he put on instead of a white ribbon, answered her.
Throughout the march, the crowd chanted the word “Shame”.
At the head of the procession, a banner about the dissolution of the State Duma was carried by the co-chairs of the RPR-PARNAS party Boris Nemtsov, Mikhail Kasyanov and Vladimir Ryzhkov.
Sergei Udaltsov also walked at the head of the procession. Already on Sakharov Avenue, Udaltsov suggested starting an indefinite protest action in the spring, for example, a peaceful standing in the squares. “Now let’s see how the government will react,” he said..
Sergei Udaltsov suggested starting an indefinite protest rally in the spring. Moscow, Russia. January 13, 2013
The action went on peacefully. According to the observations of the “Voice of America” correspondent, the participants did not provoke the law enforcement officers. The organizers even talked about “a non-political action that should change the format of street events.”.
At about 15.30, the press service of the Main Directorate of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in Moscow reported that nine people were detained near Strastnoy Boulevard for “violation of participation in mass events”.
The concern of people about how to organize and equip the life of Russian orphans certainly deserves attention and can be perceived with understanding. We hope that those people who came out to express their position are familiar with the plans of the country’s leadership to streamline the adoption process, to take a number of measures aimed at improving the lives of orphans.
Dmitry Peskov, Press Secretary of the President of the Russian Federation
By 16 o’clock, according to the press service of the capital’s headquarters of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the crowd almost completely left Sakharov Avenue. Car traffic recovered.
None of the participants in the march interviewed by the Voice of America correspondent believes that the State Duma can really be dissolved.
In an interview with Interfax, press secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov, commenting on the calls to re-elect the State Duma, replied that “this point of view does not deserve attention as absolutely unconstructive.”.
According to him, Vladimir Putin is “certainly aware” of today’s action.
“The concern of people in connection with how to organize and equip the life of Russian orphans certainly deserves attention and can be perceived with understanding,” Peskov said in an interview. “We hope that those people who came out to express their position are familiar with the plans of the country’s leadership to streamline the adoption process, to take a number of measures aimed at improving the lives of orphans”.