Al­leged elec­tion tam­per­ing spurs Moscow protest

Antelope Valley Press (Sunday) - - Second Front -

MOSCOW — Thou­sands of peo­ple marched across cen­tral Moscow on Satur­day to protest the ex­clu­sion of some city coun­cil can­di­dates from the Rus­sian cap­i­tal’s lo­cal elec­tion, but did not re­sult in riot po­lice mak­ing mass ar­rests and giv­ing beat­ings like at ear­lier demon­stra­tions.

Op­po­si­tion-led protests erupted in Moscow this sum­mer af­ter elec­tion of­fi­cials barred more than a dozen op­po­si­tion and in­de­pen­dent can­di­dates from run­ning in the Sept. 8 elec­tion for the Moscow city leg­is­la­ture.

At ear­lier protests, author­i­ties did not al­low key op­po­si­tion fig­ures to get any­where near the places they were held. In­di­vid­u­als were de­tained out­side their homes and sent them to jail for calling for an un­per­mit­ted protest.

This time, the protest lead­ers at­tended the gath­er­ing un­hin­dered.

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