Following reports from #Chain 34 – the latest update concerning the situation following the recent Rusian elections …..
Boris Nemtsov, Russian opposition leader, has been reported as one of hundreds of people arrested in central Moscow during the second night of the public outcry and protests against corrupt parliamentary elections and growing accusations of fraud.
Also arrested was head of the Memorial human rights group Oleg Orlov, Yabloko leader Sergei Mitrokhin & Eduard Limonov head of the unregistered Other Russia party.
There are reports of journalists also being detained, (as seen on Twitter) and including one who was allegedly beaten by riot police.
Stand against the establishment
Opposition protestors appealed that police stand with them against the establishment which they dubbed “The monsters.”
One 57 year old man said the fraudulent elections reminded him of what it was like in Russia in the early ‘90s.
Local and international election observers reported widespread ballot stuffing and irregularities in the vote count.
The international community is continuing its criticism of Russia over the conduct of the parliamentary vote.
Speaking in Vilnius to foreign ministers of the election-monitoring Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton repeated criticism of Russia’s weekend elections, saying they leave room for “serious concerns.”