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    May 2, 2017

    Small turnout against Putin - Oligarch Khodorkovsky's supporters detained

    May 2nd, 2017 - Fort Russ News - 

    Police have detained the participants of an unauthorized rally in St. Petersburg, Kemerovo and Kazan, titled "Tired of You." This was reported by the NGO organization which initiated the action "Open Russia" (owned by Khodorkovsky) on its YouTube channel.

    In St Petersburg, it is alleged that the police detained between 15 and 50 people, out of a total of 300 who participated in the action. The police asked them to disperse - but the arrests occurred when the activists refused. 

    In Kazan, about 10 people gathered. There was one detained activist of "Open Russia" - Darya Kulakova.

    In Kemerovo, police arrested 13 people.

    "Open Russia", which is funded by the fugitive oligarch Mihail Khodorkovsky, promises free legal protection to all detainees. The action "Tired of You" is held against the nomination of Vladimir Putin for the presidency in 2018. 

    While Western media will spin this to represent a lack of democracy in Russia, the fact is Khodorkovsky has a long standing antipathy to the "Putin regime", even though he was pardoned by the President from prison in 2013. His anti-government NGOs still freely operate on the ground, and on the internet. 

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