Hundreds of demonstrators gathered in Vladikavkaz (North Ossetia-Alania) on Monday, April 20, to protest coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions. Following the rally, a public figure, suspected of organizing the demonstration, was arrested and sentenced to prison for two months for spreading false information about COVID-19. The individual stated that the virus did not present any danger and was a means of controlling citizens.
Further protests are possible in the near term. A heightened security presence is to be expected in North Ossetia, notably in urban centers over the coming days.
Individuals in North Ossetia are advised to monitor developments relating to the situation, avoid all protests and demonstrations, and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities.
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