Hi, friends I’m Ilya Varlamov And today I’m heading to the Moscow city centre again To cover what’s about to happen there Today is the 3rd of August and… The opposition has decided to hold yet another rally The government didn’t approve of that (according to the current law) And the opposition leaders called upon the people to gather at Bulvarnoye Koltso This time the route is rather long. Unlike last Saturday When people were trying to gather around the city hall and nobody let them This time there is no actual meeting point, so people are being told to… Make their way around the whole boulevard From Nikitskiye Vorota to Pokrovka That’s like the entirety of Bulvarnoye Koltso Pretty big area So today I reckon it would be kinda hard to tell how many people are gonna be there In the early morning the police forces has begun to arrive in Moscow Right now it’s midday and as I was making my way to the office I saw many buses full of OMON, Rosgvardiya and regular police They are blocking the side streets All of the side streets that branch out from Bulvarnoye Koltso Apparently, to try and prevent the exact same thing that went down last Saturday from happening I’m talking about when people that… Got away from Tverskaya started to just stroll around the city blocking the streets And nobody was able to stop them ‘cos nobody knew where they were gonna go next Aside from that, the regular policemen are patrolling around Bulvarnoye Koltso And if they spot someone who is, in their opinion, a potential rally participant They question him or her They ask you why you’re here and warn you that participating… In any kind of gatherings that are not approved by the goverment is not allowed Also, according to the witnesses, the same thing’s happening at the subway station exits Chistiye Prudyi, Pushkinskaya (subway station names)…Yeah, policemen are trying to… Catch people that are, in their eyes, suspicious and… Explain them everything giving warnings along the way Actually, the entirety of the last week, if you guys were following along, went down with all this… Constant intimidation of people A case was made against “rioters” I was there last Sunday, I spent almost all day… Here and there covering the events in many places Of course, there were no “riots” If somebody says to you that on 27th of July there were riots in the centre Moscow They’re either unfamiliar with the whole situation And they were convinced (you should probably change their mind) Or they’re just a provocateur…Or a fool… A case was already made against, like, 5 participants of the 27th of July rally Yeah, that’s…Uhm…Somebody threw a garbage bin that hit the leg Of an OMON officer that was arresting somebody And made him suffer really hard (obvious sarcasm) A case was made against the person who did that and they might… End up in jail for a long time One of the other detained people is accused of opening the… Helmet window of a Rosgvardiya soldier Yeah, that’s like a really serious crime as well, a clear indication of a riot Well, he just went up to him and lifted it up A Higher School of Economics student is being accused of, if I recall correctly Giving directions to people with his hands Of course, there were no riots. The police is trying to act tough And they’re trying really hard. I would even say that this case is unparalleled In my eyes, they have one target and that is to intimidate people for them not to… Go outside despite the calls from… The opposition leaders Let’s see how today’s rally in the city centre is going to go down Right now it’s 1am, that’s 1 hour before the rally officially begins and we can already see… A lot of non-civilian transport. Right there, that’s OMON pulling over From the early morning on tow trucks have been operating here, parking’s not allowed. That is, apparently, for… There to be more space If they (police and anti-riot forces) would have to park their vehicles There’s no one on the boulevards But here’s already…Maybe that’s Rosgvardiya people Hard to tell them apart from regular police. Yeah, maybe that’s actually Rosgvardiya Today, in the morning, police came over to all of the establishments on Bulvarnoye Koltso And recommended them to close up Some of them obeyed Many of them are actually closed today The ones that refused were highly advised to… Not to build summer terraces Somebody’s sleeping here already as you can see Who’s not gonna go to the rally is gonna sleep Wanted to have a breakfast at Centralniy market But it turned out to be closed At the other cafe there was no summer terrace Yeah, here’s something new At night, additional cameras were mounted on lamp posts They weren’t here before It’s to capture the footage from the boulevards Here you can see vehicles with this stick That has wide angle cameras mounted on it They capture everything, these are the police vehicles *in the distance*
“We made it in time” “What the fuck are you doing?” *inaudiable* “You’re gonna kill the dog, man” *from the crowd*
“Let the dog go” “The dog…” “Give the dog back” *from the crowd*
“That is just mayhem, you guys” “Get away from the vehicle and make your way further down the sidewalk” Can you tell me? Anton, tell me why… Why are we standing here? We’re waiting for Lyubov Sobol (political activist) to… Wake up, get outside and go to a rally After some time she will most likely be arrested by Rosgvardia and Moscow state police I think that this will happen the moment she goes outside And here is signature collection centre Well, a FORMER signature collection centre As you can see, now all of the Navalniy anti-corruption fund signs are gone And it looks like, to put it mildly, just your average basement Here the journalists are waiting for Lyubov Sobol to come out and, while we were waiting, it has started to rain Lyubov Sobol is coming out followed by the journalists Policemen are out “You don’t have the right to detain me” “What is the reason for you detaining me?” “Introduce yourself, Introduce yourself. I will only come out after you do that” *random policeman*
“Away from the car, away from the car” *random policeman*
“Get away, get away, get away” “What are the helmets for? Who are you afraid of? Regular citizens? Me?” “A woman that is on her 21st day of hunger strike?” “What is this show for?” *reading his ID*
“Sergeant Mikhail Konstantinovich Schelkanov” “A policeman of MIA of Russia” “MIA Main Branch, Moscow” *policeman*
“Ok, pack her up”
“Sergeant Anton Aleksandrovich…” (couldn’t hear his last name) “Again…Wait, what is the reason for you detaining me?” “Tell me what are your demands. What is the reason for you detaining me?” *policeman*
“Code Of Administrative Offences, Article 20.2”
“Which law did I break? Which law did I break?” “Give me the legal reason” *journalist*
“Article 20.2. That’s the reason they gave her. It stands for “Violating the Established Procedure for Arranging or Conducting a Rally” “What is the reason for you detaining me?” “What is the reason for you detaining me?” “What am I being detained for?” “What am I being detained for?” “What am I being detained for?” “I demand my lawyer!” “I demand you to give me the reason for which I am being detained” “I demand you to give me the reason for which I am being detained” “Nice one, guys! Servers her right!” “Come on, come on” I should say that the cellular is down They said that…it’s down On Pushkinskaya, Trubnaya, near Chistiye Prudyi Well, it’s down for me as well. We’re now approaching Chistiye Prudyi Looks like it’s LTE, but no internet still You pretty much have to do it the old-fashioned way By sending SMS to see what’s up “Dear citizens, you’re blocking the way for other people” “We ask you disperse” “Dear citizens, you’re blocking the way for other people. We ask you to make your way towards Sadovoye Koltso” There’s a small group of people Going under the libertarian flag And I remind you that Mikhail Tsvetov was detained for 30 days After a failed negotiation about holding a rally legally today Moscow City Hall proposed Sakharova Avenue as a place to hold it in, Tsvetov refused Well, and right after leaving the city hall building he was detained for 30 days Actually, the crowd is pretty thick People are moving from Chistiye Prudyi to Pushkinskaya in groups and the size of these groups depends on how many people stop on intersections Apparently, over there they’re gonna start detaining people, first detentions of Trubnaya They do it slowly, one by one Right up there, another person is being detained The amount of people that are going from Chistiye Prudyi to Pushkinskaya is pretty serious There are actually lots of people All of the sidewalks on that boulevard are full People are crossing the road And making their way towards Pushkinskaya. Nobody is blocking them yet Here you can see OMON officers blocking the sidewalk Because the boulevard itself is already cut off for a long time Nobody’s allowed to go through When people started to go through the boulevard They (OMON) blocked the sidewalk I think that people will turn back now It’s been an hour since the rally has begun and OMON officers… They…have placed… Fences on all of the sidewalks People can’t just peacefully leave through the side streets They can’t access the subway station nearby Right now they’re just being moved around “from stable to stable” Don’t really know what to do because they can’t just gather Pushkinskaya Square, everything was swept up here And here people are still being detained The situation here is pretty similar to Trubnaya. They also just secured the square And then they just detain the people who stayed there one by one Now people have gathered on the other side of Pushkinskaya Square And there detentions have already started “The military and Rosgvardia officers are serving you” “And they’re here for you safety” There are like a few hundred people On Pushkinskaya Most definitely they’re gonna start sweeping this place up soon *people chanting “Shame on you!”* It’s pretty funny how they say that there are a lot of Rosgvardiya people They are soldiers that are on their mandatory military service Which means they’re your young children So it is implied that adults gather here Although, as we all know, it is said that highschoolers gather here “Here, here, here!” “Get away, to the side” “Disperse, let them pass” “Dear citizens, this event is illegal. Don’t block other people” “For breaking the law you may be held accountable” “This event is illegal. Don’t block other people” That’s how they move around, 3 to 4 people. Now we’re gonna see how they detain people They just grabbed 2 random guys Twisted their hands *people chanting “Shame on you!”* “This was a kid, though” – Those people protect us
– Who and from what? – From aggression
– For real? – Why do you think this guy’s being carried (to the police car)?
– I’m telling you, get outta here “People, look. I just approached her to ask something” “So aggressive” – Tell me, are you against the rally? – I’m not against it – I’m just a resident that is curious about what other people think (he’s not) – I think that all of this is wrong. Those rallies are not normal – Rosgvardiya, in my opinion, they’re just doing their job Rosgvardiya, they’re wonderful people: normal and adequate They’re just doing their job – And you think that you can’t be detained here? – Why is that? I can
– And it will be right?
– No, if I break the law
– Like, If you just stand here, will they possibly detain you? – No, they won’t do that
– You sure?
– Absolutely If you start punching them, touching them like this, You will provoke them, isn’t that right? They will be acting according to the current law “There was guy, now he’s no more”
(popular Russian meme) “That is so funny, guys” Rosgvardians took away this excited citizen Apparently, to talk with him… About who should be detained and who shouldn’t “Morons, they hit me” – What happened?
– Well, he passed me by, pushed me, almost knocked me down – It was pretty insensitive of him, I think – That’s not really nice
– Yeah, they could’ve been more gentle Rosgvardiya people right here They’re just continuing to detain everyone who’s To them looking somewhat like a rally participant I have no clue about their decision making process on detaining people They roam around the square And picking someone out Or somebody’s giving them orders through the radio But it looks like they’re just grabbing randoms I mean, there’s, actually, not so many people People that were at Pushkinskaya rallies know it can be pretty packed here I think there are about… A few hundred people now And Rosgvardia officers are continuing to detain them Here’s Rosgvardiya …Uhm, blocking the instersection So that no one could leave It seems like they’re detaining men that are more or less beefy As I understand, they’re just roaming around picking out Youngsters, adults that are tough And detaining them – Tell me, how do you make decisions on who to detain?
– Am I gonna be on YouTube? – Yeah, you want to?
– I know you, you’re a famous blogger – Tell me, how do you make decisions on who to detain? – They’re attending an illegal rally – Yeah, but, like, are you picking someone out? People are not shouting anything out really – Slogans, call outs
– But I, for one, didn’t hear anything. So now you’re just roaming and… – Those who are shouting something out we detain – So only if they’re breaking the law?
– Yes “What did I do?” – They’ve just packed up Dmitriy Nizovtsev, a journalist – Where does he work?
– Well, NavalniyLIVE, but he’s a journalist An official one – Well, I’ve already asked a guy near the subway station – He told me: “You go an ask it there” – Why are you packing people up? – Where’d you see that? – Well, just now two guys were carried away
– I tell you what, miss, we don’t know how to knit
(wordplay: slang for “pack up” and “knit” are spelled the exact same way) – I didn’t “knit” anyone
– I’ll show you how. Just don’t touch the people, please – I didn’t pack anyone up – What are you on about? “Hey, hey, hey, hey” *random people shouting out*
– Shame on you
– Don’t touch him “Back away, back away, back away” “Keep a safe distance. Come on, back away” – Was that someone you know?
– That was my son
– Your son?
– Yeah – And you were just standing here doing nothing?
– Yeah, we’re just drinking coffee
– What could we possibly do? – We were just drinking coffee and he was standing next us
– It’s already the second one who’s being… – A person was standing there drinking coffee and they just packed them up for nothing – Are you here for the rally or…? – Well, actually, yeah – And he was not shouting anything out?
– No, just standing there snapping pictures “Let me fuckin pass” “That’s my son, leave him. He’s my son, leave him be” “That’s my son” “That’s my song, let him go. He’s done nothing” “I was just standing there” “Disperse, disperse” “You frigging faschists” “Guys, please…” “That’s just a nightmare” “What are they doing…?” “You should be ashamed of yourselves” “Guys, bring me to where my son is” “Dear citizens, please disperse. Don’t block the others” сitizens, do not interfere with the passage of other citizens “Let the dad in” “My son’s there” “I want to be there with my son” “Don’t touch me, my son is in the car, let me go there!” – Take me
– Do we look like a taxi? – What? What fucking taxi? “You bitch, take me fuckin there” “Just to meet your quota, take me as well” “Rosgvardiya’s officers and duty-bounds are serving you for your own safety” “A bigger part of them is people who are on their mandatory military service” “They’re your sons” “Be sensible, don’t disturb the public order…*inaudible*” People starting to clap A man decided to just sit in front of a Rosgvardian line-up And most definitely he’s going to be detained soon Yeah, so the dude’s just sitting there being interviewed by everyone Oh, and by the way, look how Dozhd (media) reporters are… Getting the internet going So just a bunch of modems Cos’ the cellular’s bad and there are certain areas where’s it’s managable And apparently that’s how they’re doing a live coverage “Put your legs below your stomach” What was he detained for? “Ya got a lot of cameras, huh?” – What was he detained for? – So, we were going down the street, there were four of us – Four friends. We were going the opposite away, you know, back home – And then a swarm ran up to us saying that this guy was “a fucking provocateur” – So he’s done absolutely nothing It’s 5am, not so many people left All of the main squares are blocked off
*According to OVD-Info 828 people in total were detained during the rally* Boulevard’s blocked off as well You can’t just walk there So the people… Were now separated into tiny groups: a few hundred people each And they’re… Staying, not going anywhere Right above me now is a police chopper That is monitoring the events happening in the city centre And we, me and you guys, can slowly wrap it up The entirety of the city centre is still cut off Cellular data is still not working The police is trying to jam the cellular. Today it was being blocked… Pretty much in all of the city centre This has caused… Lots of issues. Businesses were affected as well For example, I run a restaurant and we couldn’t receive orders There were problems with taxis, car sharing Today there were less people than last time There were less detentions Was passing by some random establishment, managed to get the Wi-Fi going, some messages loaded up And I saw that on Arbat Street people were marching with a banner And they marched through Old Arbat from beginning to end With a banner that said “Free political prisoners” Thanks for watching. Don’t forget to press that like button Leave a comment and share this video Goodbye, everyone!