Some 20,000 people demonstrated in Moscow on Sunday, September 29, demanding that protesters detained in summer opposition protests be released by Russian authorities. Opposition voices claim the arrests, made during a protest movement which began in July, mark a move by the Kremlin to silence political dissent. No arrests were immediately reported in Sunday's protest, earlier authorized by the Moscow mayor's office.
A heightened security presence and transportation disruptions are to be expected in the capital over the coming hours. Similar demonstrations are possible in Moscow over the near term.
Individuals in Moscow are advised to monitor developments to the situation, prepare for residual transportation disruptions, avoid all protests and demonstrations as a precaution, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities and their home governments.
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