A woman holds a poster reading “I am, we are, the entire country” during a protest in support to jailed demonstrators near the Russian Presidential administration in central Moscow on Sept. 18, 2019. About 200 Russians including actors and musicians staged a protest on Sept. 18 outside the presidential administration in Moscow in support to jailed demonstrators amid a crackdown on the opposition. This month Russian courts sentenced six people to jail terms ranging from two to four years following a wave of anti-government protests in Moscow. The sentencing of one man – young actor Pavel Ustinov – sparked particular outrage, triggering a rare campaign of solidarity among popular actors and other Kremlin-friendly celebrities.

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100 simultaneous searches across Russia, with at least 40 in the offices of the oppositionist Alexei Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation. Such was Russian authorities’ reaction on Sept. 12 to the result of the scandalous election to the legislative assembly of the capital of Russia — the Moscow City Council. This was another result of Navalny’s so-called “Smart Vote” initiative. Because of it 20 of the 45 candidates who were associated with the ruling United Russia party did not make it to the Moscow City Council on Sept. 8. And this is in spite of the fact that independent candidates were not allowed to run.

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