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Representatives of the Russian-speaking diaspora condemned the detention of demonstrators in Russia
A rally of solidarity with protesters in Russia took place on Sunday in Washington. Representatives of the Russian-speaking diaspora gathered at the residence of the Russian ambassador to the United States, Anatoly Antonov. They strongly condemned the actions of the Russian authorities to disperse the demonstrators, calling for the release of Alexei Navalny and other political prisoners.
The action took place despite the snowfall – a rare occurrence in the American capital. Activists, using a megaphone, turned to Antonov and other representatives of the Russian diplomatic mission in the United States.
“The fact that people in Russia came out despite the repression and intimidation is an indicator of how serious the situation in the country is,” Dmitry Valuev, one of the organizers of the action, said in an interview with the Voice of America Russian Service..
He stressed that the Russian-speaking diaspora abroad demonstrates solidarity with activists who want changes in Russia. “We are with you – to the bitter end,” – said Valuev.
Representatives of the Belarusian protest movement took part in the picket.
“I myself am an ethnic Belarusian. The situations are similar – in Russia and in Belarus, and it hurts my heart to see what is happening there, ”a participant of the action named Vladimir.
Many of the protesters outside the embassy in 2011-2012 participated in rallies on Bolotnaya Square and subsequently left Russia, subjected to political repression for expressing their political position..
“I know from myself how it happens, how false protocols are drawn up, about which the judge knows that they are fake, but you have to write out fines anyway. Let people in Russia know that on the other side of the planet they are supported and worried about them, ”said activist Gleb Latnik.
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Journalist, on "Voice of America" since 2019. In 2011-2018 he worked as a political observer in the department of politics "Nezavisimaya Gazeta" in Moscow. Winner of the American Hubert Humphrey Fellowship in Journalism. Trained at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.
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