Two days ago – on the eve of Vladimir Putin’s presidential inauguration – Russian opposition organized the rally in the center of Moscow. Although named “March of Millions”, there were somewhere between 20,000 to 30,000 participants in the demonstration of protest (8,000 according to police and over 100,000 according to organizers).
Peaceful in the beginning, the event turned out to be violent and about 400 activists were detained by police officers from the special unit of OMON.
Below you can find pictures from the rally (all pictures are from here)
Police clashes with the participants of March of Millions
Reactions of Russian netizens -
lashpin: This is how our OMON disperses the authorized rallies.
Lyublyana: Oh, what a cute boy there is! What a pity he is from the opposition…
Starik Kabaev: This is just the beginning.
kabashka: Thanks to OMON for good work.
ghostcat: Someone should be scared of people if they beat them like that.
chachlava (replying to the comment above): OMON are simple executors; if they refuse to beat people – KGB will revenge on their families.
Svetogorsk: Yes, botox, this is not 2000 when you came into power on the blood of the Chechen people, in 2012 [you come] on our own blood.
alexanderbrsv: This is a victory! The mechanism has been launched. People take to the streets and not sit in their comfortable apartments. This is important! This is what the authorities, cops and bureaucrats fear of.
It’s shame to be a cop! Moreover, those to whom the cops belong will betray them at the first opportunity. And put on them all blame.
alter_ego: [That's a ] good training for police and OMON. And to the militant opposition [I'll say] – “in war is like in war” - what do you want? You wanted to show their aggression, and ran into an adequate response.
dimmaq: OMON acted very softly. No gas, no water cannons or rubber bullets. Sooner or later, it will end badly for the provocateurs.
Luteg21 (replying to the comment above): True. It’s enough to look how Americans dealt with the “Occupy Wall”.
DerSerpent: Well done, OMON. They work only when necessarily and without overreacting.
chernopyatko: As one political analyst pointed out - this is provocation on both sides. On one are fucking radicals with, on another – refusal to allow them the stage.