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Friday, December 19, 2014


Russian Police Detain Activists Marking Anniversary Of Czechoslovak Protest

Published 25 August 2013


Police in Moscow have detained 10 activists attempting to mark the anniversary of a 1968 Red Square protest against the Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia. RFE/RL's Russian Service reports the protesters gathered on Red Square holding a banner reading "For Your and Our Freedom" -- the same slogan used by the 1968 protesters -- but were quickly rounded up by police.

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Natalya Gorbanevskaya (left) was one of the eight participants in the original 1968 protest. She appeared at the Moscow protest on August 25 but was not arrested. She is with Sergei Sharov-Delaunay, opposition leader and cousin of Soviet-era writer and dissident Vadim Delaunay, who participated in the original 1968 protest.

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Gorbanevskaya, now 77, spent two years in a Soviet psychiatric prison for her role in the 1968 demonstration.

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Aleksandr Ryklin (left), editor of the "Yezhednevsky zhurnal" portal

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Activist Nadezhda Mityushkina of the Solidarity movement with Gorbanevskaya

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Ryklin is put on a bus and taken away.

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Sharov-Delaunay is detained.

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Mityushkina is led away by police.

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Mikhail Shneider of the Solidarity movement is led away by police.