ENGLISH VERSION: A “Portal-Credo.Ru” Correspondent was Detained at Triumph Square in Moscow
Felix Shvedovsky, a Buddhist monk and correspondent for "Portal-Credo.Ru," was detained on the evening of October 31, 2011, during a "Strategy-31" demonstration at Triumph Square (also known as Mayakovsky Square) opposite the monument to Mayakovsky in Moscow.
Representatives of a very wide range of political and social movements traditionally gather at Triumph Square on the thirty-first of every month with this many days in order to remind the authorities of the necessity of complying with Article 31 of the Constitution, which concerns citizens’ freedom of peaceful assembly. Each time for more than two years already, the capital riot police, reinforced police forces, and internal forces from other regions have brutally suppressed the demonstration.
"Law enforcement" first did not allow Felix Shvedovsky access to the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall, violating his right to freedom of movement. Riot police then seized the journalist as he walked toward 1st Tverskaya Street and placed him in a police bus. According to the correspondent, several protestors were already there and every few seconds further detainees were crammed therein. Felix Shvedovsky states that, although he was not beaten, he was treated with a fair amount of brutally.
Several minutes later – after having verified his documents, including his press card, and taken his photograph – police officials released the journalist without issuing an apology. According to the mass media, anywhere from twenty to 100 people were detained at Triumph Square, among them Eduard Limonov and Ilya Yashin. The majority of protestors exited on Hasek Street, where detentions continue to the present time.