People attend a rally, organised by the Union of Journalists, in Moscow on Sunday. Reuters
More than 22,000 people packed a Moscow square on Saturday to demand free and fair local polls, incensed by the authorities’ refusal to put popular opposition candidates on the ballot.
This week authorities jailed President Vladimir Putin’s top opponent for 30 days and launched a probe targeting his allies but activists said they would not abandon plans to attend an unauthorised rally.
The detentions came around a protest to demand that opposition members be allowed to run in a local election.
As part of its intensified testing campaign, MoHAP announced that it conducted 204,040 additional COVID-19 tests over the past 24 hours, using state-of-the-art medical testing equipment.
The three-day summit takes place against an even darker backdrop than last year, when British, Canadian, French, German, Italian, Japanese and US leaders met for the first time since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Brigadier Tembinkosi Kinana said police were alerted by members of the public to the incident at Scenery Park, about three kms from the city centre.