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Moscow Police Arrest Nearly 200 on “Undesirable” Charges

By Human Rights Watch
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Click to expand Image Police raid and make arrests at an opposition forum in Moscow, Russia, March 13, 2021. © 2021 Hannah Wagner/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images On March 13, police raided the first federal forum of municipal deputies in Moscow, arresting almost 200 attendees and charging them with the administrative offence of participation in activities of “undesirable organizations.” It marked the largest number of people hit with “undesirable” charges in a single day since the “undesirable organizations” law was adopted in 2015. The purpose of the forum, organized by the United Democrats,…

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