How the rally went on June 12

According to the Moscow State Department of Internal Affairs, less than 20 thousand people came to the rally and the subsequent march along the boulevards. Well, and on Sakharov Square, where the second part of the meeting took place, far fewer people gathered: many left along the way. And the number of opposition supporters gathered in the square quickly decreased due to the heavy rain that began.

It should be noted that in comparison with the events of May 6, when the procession after the meeting escalated into mass violations of public order and clashes with riot police, the event on June 12 took place very calm. The attitude of law enforcement officers towards the protesting people was fairly loyal, and those in turn refrained from insulting, incitement and provocation. Perhaps because on the eve of June 12 searches were carried out at the place of residence of opposition leaders: Sergei Udaltsov, Ilya Yashin, Ksenia Sobchak.

A large sum of money was found in Sobchak’s apartment, both in rubles and in foreign currency (US dollars, euros). And money was spread on envelopes. The origin of this money K. Sobchak refused to explain, saying only that these are her personal funds, which she keeps at home because she does not trust Russian banks. However, these explanations, to put it mildly, are not plausible. Currently, the investigation establishes the legality of receiving K. Sobchak income in such a large sum, as well as whether taxes were paid on those incomes.

The opposition responded to these searches with a set of familiar, standard accusations of the country’s top leadership in an attempt to intimidate fighters with the regime, in a move away from democracy and almost in a return to Stalinist times. If we talk about the content of the speeches of the speakers on June 12, very telling the speech of the heavenly Evgenia Chirikova, who read out the text of the so-called “Manifesto of free Russia”. These are still the same calls for resignation of the incumbent President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin, as well as all authorities and for holding new elections. That is, oppositionists didn’t say anything new, and they still have no clear program to improve the life of the main mass of Russians and overcome negative phenomena.

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