A number of disruptive protests against the disqualification of independent and opposition candidates for the Moscow City Duma elections have taken place in Moscow in recent weeks. In July, authorities barred 57 candidates from running for Moscow City Duma, including several prominent critics of the Kremlin-backed mayor. Authorities portrayed as this being mainly due to alleged problems meeting a requirement for supporting signatures. Authorities claimed that more than 10% of the 5,000 required signatures were invalid. The opposition demonstrations were triggered by this to disqualify these opposition and independent candidates to run in the Sep. 8 State Duma election.
The demonstrations have been primarily concentrated in Moscow, but smaller demonstrations have also occurred in St. Petersburgh and Rostov-on-Don. The arrests of several high-profile opposition figures, including Alexei Navalny (who has since been released), have so far failed to quell the demonstrations.
Listen as Filip Stojkovski, Regional Intelligence Analyst for Russia/CIS, provides an in-depth background on the opposition demonstrations in Moscow, Russia, and what risk mitigation measures people can take if traveling to the country.
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