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"The batons were prepared, but the ambulance – no." Police against a pensioner

"The batons were prepared, but the ambulance – no." Police against a pensioner

More than a thousand people were detained throughout Russia on 9 September during protest meetings against increasing the retirement age. St. Petersburg is among the "leaders" for detention. According to various sources 452 to 620 people were detained in the city. Also many detainees in Yekaterinburg – 183 people. Slightly more than 40 activists were held in the capital, where the day of the city was celebrated and the mayoral elections were held. With regard to the two participants in the action in Moscow, criminal proceedings were instituted against the use of force against the police.

In St. Petersburg, the authorities initially approved the action against the pension reform on Leninplein, but then the consent was withdrawn. Coordinator of the support group for detainees Alexandra Krylenkova indicates that people simply had no choice: the site of the action was dropped and the area was blocked in such a way that there were only narrow passages in which the participants were held. According to Krylenkova, more than 400 people stayed in police stations, of which about 80 were minors. "People drove around the city for 10 hours, they were looking for which ATS they could be attached to." There were 150 people on the bus, people held on to the railings, as in rush hours. "About 100 people were detained for a long time at the 60th police station."

Detentions in St. Petersburg, 9 September 2018

Detentions in St. Petersburg, 9 September 2018

Some detainees also needed medical help: a girl was seriously injured, a young man broke his head, an elderly man became ill in the rice wagon, other prisoners took him out of the bus and brought him to the nearest store where the husband first aid received. He was an 81-year-old designer Yuri Sternik. Radio Liberty contacted Sternik, who described in detail about his detention:

"I am already home." Yesterday after 9 pm I was released from the hospital. The ambulance took me to the Mariinsky hospital. There is a new building, elegant equipment. We have conducted a full investigation. Generally speaking, I can say that I feel good before I am 80. The only thing is that hematomas are handed over to police officers, but you can live with them.

How did they keep you yesterday? What happened?

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