February 17, 2021

Love in the Time of Protests


Love in the Time of Protests

“…there was no direct violation of the law. Yes, individual people went out with flashlights. Fine. Maybe someone was in love. There was someone, maybe, who was protesting something. Someone was there just for company, not understanding the need to light a flashlight. But most importantly, they didn’t break the law. And so everything was calm..”

– Dmitriy Peskov spreading the love to Moscow activists on Valentine’s Day 2021. Komskomolskaya Pravda asked Peskov to explain why these protests were not considered “mass” gatherings. Small groups of Navalny supporters stood in their courtyards, in Manezhnaya Square, and in front of the city’s Pushkin monument on Sunday with lanterns in hand. No activists were detained, in contrast to previous protests held in the capital condemning the treatment of Alexei Navalny.

 

 

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