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Russian opponent Yashin, arrested immediately after his release

August 18, 2019

MOSCOW, 18 Aug. (DPA / EP) –

Russian opposition politician Ilya Yashin was arrested this Sunday in Moscow immediately after being released after ten days in prison for his participation in the recent protests against the veto of candidates with a view to the upcoming local elections in Moscow.

Now Yashin is accused of calling for unauthorized demonstrations, a policeman explains in a video posted by Yashin himself on his Twitter account.

Yashin was released at 1:00 p.m. local time, but several individuals in uniform were waiting for him at the exit to introduce him to a prison bus, he explained.

Yashin was a close collaborator of Boris Nemtsov, 'number two' of the Government and then an opposition leader until he was killed, in 2015. Now Yashin is politically active at the municipal level in the Russian capital and intended to run for local elections on 8 September, but his candidacy was rejected due to administrative defects.

Thousands of people have been arrested during the demonstrations that have been held in recent weeks to protest restrictions on the presentation of candidates for the Moscow municipal elections.