09:53 27.03.2017

Opposition rallies held in Vladivostok, Novosibirsk, Tomsk, Kemerovo, Barnaul

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An opposition rally took place outside the Globus theater in central Novosibirsk on Sunday.

"About 1,500 people are taking part in the rally," a city hall official told Interfax.

A day earlier the Central District Court of Novosibirsk overturned the city authorities' ban on an opposition rally near the Globus theater.

The site has a "Hyde Park" status in Novosibirsk, meaning no permission required from the authorities, but the city hall had earlier banned the rally, citing pavement repairs there, and suggesting that the rally be held on March 30.

Another "hyde park" opposition rally was held in Barnaul, Altai Territory, on Sunday.

According to the police, some 150 people took part in the event on Freedom Square.

"The event is taking place at a site specifically designed for such public gatherings, in the hyde park format, which is why it is not considered to be unauthorized, it is legal," one of its organizers Olga Fotiyeva, the Altai leader of the Party of Progress, told Interfax.

Overall, the event was held quietly, public order was maintained.

"We have no information of any event participant having been detained," a regional police spokesperson told Interfax.

A permitted opposition rally was held in central Tomsk, at a small 1812 Patriotic War memorial park.

Around 400 people took part in the event, according to the public safety committee of the Tomsk administration.

Meanwhile, police told Interfax that no public order violations were registered upon conclusion of the rally.

In Kemerovo, an opposition rally took place in Orbita park in the city center, where National Liberation Movement (NLM) activists held a parallel rally. NLM members said they were ending the event early because of "shouts from the crowd" of supporters of Alexei Navalny.

The opposition rally was not permitted by the local authorities. A spokesperson for the Kemerovo administration told Interfax that around 150 people were attended the event.

Because the authorities banned the rally in the center of Kemerovo and a picket, unless it is held the city's outskirts, the opposition decided to join the NLM activists.

In Krasnoyarsk, around 450 people gathered for an opposition rally permitted by the local authorities, Krasnoyarsk Territory police spokesman Vladimir Yurchenko told Interfax.

"No public order violation was registered during the rally. No one was held," Yurchenko said.

An unauthorized opposition rally was also held on Sunday at a train station square in Vladivostok.

"About 180 people took part in the rally," the Primorsky Territory police spokesperson said.

Over 25 people faced administrative charges, the police said.

The 26 citizens were charged with violating the rules for organizing and conducting rallies and then released, the police spokesperson said.