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09 mars 2019 | 01h11 UTC

Russia: Protest in Moscow March 10 over internet freedom

Russia Alerte de sécurité

Protest in defense of internet freedom planned in Moscow March 10; anticipate heavy security presence and associated traffic disruptions

TIMEFRAME expected from 9/3/2019, 11h00 until 10/3/2019, 10h59 (Europe/Moscow). COUNTRY/REGION Moscow


A protest denouncing recent internet "sovereignty" legislation is planned in Moscow on Sunday, March 10. The gathering has been approved by Russian authorities and is set to be held on Academician Sakharov Avenue from 14:00 to 16:00 (local time), with up to 10,000 people expected to attend. The rally has reportedly been organized by the Libertarian Party of Russia. A heightened security presence and localized transportation disruptions are to be expected surrounding the event.


On March 5, Russian lawmakers voted in favor of draft legislation that, if passed, would implement strict new internet controls. The government has said that the measures are intended to defend the country against foreign meddling and "fake news." Critics allege that the legislation could be used to target dissenters and generally threaten internet freedom. The bill still has to pass through several more rounds of voting and receive presidential signature before passing into law.


Individuals in Moscow are advised to monitor developments to the situation, anticipate localized traffic disruptions and a heightened security presence near protests, and avoid all public demonstrations as a precaution.


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