Highlights from 16:00
16.22 “The action is over” - the organizers announce. People disagree with turning on the overlapped Sakharov Avenue toward the subway. A gray-haired woman walks to the entrance without dropping a homemade placard with the face of Putin’s and writing in large letters: “Who are you?”
16.07 Elena Rodionova, a senior researcher at the Institute for Information Transmission Problems, stands with a badge “Russian Academy of Sciences” on her jacket. “Now the power of our the Keremlin is destroying all the good things we do: higher and secondary education falling, science is destroyed before our eyes. In the 90’s it was hard, but enthusiasts could do what interests them, engage in something good. And now it can not be done: there is a struggle just of enthusiasts. We are only given opportunities to understand all the good things that we’re trying to do, is not necessary and harmful. “
Highlights from 15:00
15.55 Anarchist Slogan: “plant trees, not environmentalists!”
15.54 There are flags of a white-red-white similar to that of the Belarusian Resistance. Belarusian Opposition leader, Oleg, has already shown up the fourth time to the big rallies in Moscow to express solidarity. “Here are 8 people of Belarus, we have arrived to support you,” he explains.
15.49 At the rally in support of political prisoners is now about 7000 people.
15.42 In a column with the “left front” is a group of anarchists with slogans: “a teacher teaches, the doctor treats, a politician cripples lives!”
15.28 one of the organizers, Michael Schneider, from a megaphone lists the names of all political prisoners. “Freedom!” after each name added by the protesters.
15.22 the Procession marches down Petrovsky Boulevard. “Our choice is freedom! We’ll return power to the people! “. The number of people now is about 5 thousand.
15.10 the Procession marched, chanting “freedom for political prisoners”. And they become louder: “Cooks and thieves, five minutes to pack!”.
15.05 Finally assembled the silence is broken. Chanting: “freedom to political prisoners!”, “Russia will be free!” the procession is about to start.
Highlights from 14:00:
14.47 through the procession I met the mother of Alexei Gaskarov: “how we are doing? We are waiting for the amnesty-and there we will see. Signatures collected are not interesting, as they actually will make an impact? “. She say while holding a placard that reads: “Crackdown = Degradation” and a portrait of her son.
14.32 as usual on this route of civil activist demonstrations, the protesters are divided into two streams, on the sides of the Boulevard are the right liberal wing, flowing into another alley-the left. On the Left Alley almost no empty space: there are several activists of the “left front”, “Rainbow Alliance” and other movements. On the right alley-flags “of Solidarity”, “RPR- Parnassus”, “People’s Alliance” and others.
14.21 The meeting is dedicated to all political prisoners, so there are many holding placards with participants of arrested members of Pussy Riot, as well as Khodorkovsky and Lebedev. The other day was exactly 10 years to the arrest of Khodorkovsky.
Near the monument to Pushkin is a “Green Alliance” banner “Pirates of the courts in support of Greenpeace,” stands a group of people with a huge white bowl and posters with portraits of Urlashov.
14.19 Some members of the organizers of the “Committee on May 6” are gathering signatures for an amnesty of political prisoners, and even handed out T-shirts with portraits of “Prisoners of the Swamp.”