On Russia Day, police detained at least 67 people, most of them – 43 people – in the Moscow metro using a facial recognition system, informs “OVD-Info”. Some of the detainees reported project that they were released from police departments without protocols.
As noted by human rights activists, the security forces told the activists that they had an orientation “Day of Russia”. Among the detainees are Sota correspondent Pyotr Ivanov, Olga Bazhanova, who was charged in March under an article on violation of the rules for holding an action, science journalist Asya Kazantseva, as well as activists and participants in previous protests.
Kazantseva told “Mediazona” that in the explanatory note the police demanded to indicate that “a preventive conversation was held with her that people who have had administrative detentions in the past should not enter the metro on Russia Day.”
Muscovite Arina Yaroslavtseva told “OVD-Info” that on the Day of Russia, the police detained her twice. At the Tverskoye police station, the girl’s fingerprints were taken, and at the Sokolniki police department, she was asked to write an explanatory note. What exactly Yaroslavtseva had to indicate in the document, she did not specify.
Muscovite Ivan Romanov told project that he was detained on Pushkinskaya Square in Moscow because of a street musician singing the Ukrainian song “Oh, there is a red viburnum in the blue” by a street musician.