On the 6th of May, a lot of anarchists took part in
almost all events which occured in Moscow. There was a peaceful march
from Kaluzhskаja to Bolotnaja square, after that it became clear that
the entrance was forbidden for people, protesting against the
inauguration of Putin. The anarchists were in the front line, took an
active part in fights with police, throwing at them bottles, umbrellas,
sticks, asphalt pieces, smoke bombs and Molotov cocktails.
Following that, anarchists tented and didn’t let displace them from
the square. To build the barricades the anarchists used metal cordons
and even biotoilets. The most active protesters were arrested, however,
some of them managed to rescue from the policemen. The both sides had
the wounded, a part of whom were hospitalized.
Despite the fact that the police were able to divide 100,000
of protesters into small groups and extrude them either out of
Bolotnaja Square and the opposite side of the Obvodnyj channel, many
anarchists as well as hundreds of other participants were left standing
on the Small Moskvoretsky Bridge and later they started a new procession
down the Bolchaja Ordynka street.
The movement on the streets was stopped by the police. Media reported
that a spontaneous demonstration at the beginning of the Bolchaja
Tatarskaja Street and then blocked near the Tretyakov Gallery was
organized by about 2 000 people.
However, about 200-300 people came to police station ‘Yakimanka”
where the detainees were kept. Almost at midnight, the protesters were
kicked out from there, most active of them were re-arrested.
Police apprehended more than 3 hundred people, including at least 30 anarchists.
According to preliminary data of the police, the total number of
detainees rose at 450, while 11 participants and about 30 policemen
wounded, including knife wounds. Law enforcement
agencies reported, three policemen got a head injury, two – split chins
and 7 policemen suffered from the gas sprays.
At the police stations detainees were being bitten, an ambulance took
from “Meshchansky” station three participants. The interrogations of
injured have been already started in hospitals.
The prosecutor’s office launched criminal cases under article “Calls
for the riot” and “Violence against representatives of authority”,
nevertheless, the violence inflicted by police was legal.
All the detainees are to face Article 19.3 of the Administrative Code
(disobeying a lawful order of a police officer), according to the laws,
they can be arrested for 15 days. Most of the activists spent the night
in police stations. It is also reported of the allegations against some
protesters referring to Articles Part 3. 212 of the Criminal Code –
“Calls for the riot”, and Part 1 of Art. 318 of the Criminal Code –
“Violence against representatives of authority”
According to police, “March of Millions” gathered about 8000 people.
Some opposition members claim that here were about 100 thousand people.
But 20,000 participants seem to be most realistic.
Let us remind that the large-scale protests started in Moscow in
December after the falsification of parliamentary election results, and
went on following the presidential election on March 4. The Russian
opposition movement consists of several groups. On Sunday, May 6,
demonstrators with (hanging) black and red flags cooperated with
representatives of the Libertarian Party of Russia, and Russian Orthodox
monarchists walked with people who have the portraits of Cuban
revolutionary Che Guevara in their hands.
But they all were united by an aversion to the perspective of Vladimir Putin’s return in the Kremlin for another 12 years.
Scared policeman on the 6th of May. His helmet was riped out and
thrown away, people knocked him down and start to beat. This is the
moment when he cried to his friends- “Guys, help me!” with the fear in
more pictures at: http://avtonom.org/en/news/march-millions-moscow-and-anarchists-photosvideo
Translation to English: Lera Ivanova
(for assorted video, check original at http://anarcho-news.info/news-629)