Arrests in Moscow for those honouring Maidan’s slain heroes
While thousands gathered on Maidan in Kyiv in memory of over 100 EuroMaidan protesters gunned down by police snipers a year ago, eight Muscovites were detained by police while trying to lay flowers outside the Ukrainian embassy. Five women – Irina Kalmykova, Maria Ryabikova, Yelena Zakharova, Yekaterina Maldon and Alexandra Makarova – are spending the night in the police station and face administrative charges (of ‘disobeying a police officer’s legitimate order’) with sentences likely of 15 days imprisonment. At least one of them – Maldon – has already received administrative sentences recently and could become the fourth person to face criminal charges if she has already had three administrative sentences in the last 6 months Three men also detained – Viktor Kapitonov, Pavel Kuznetsov and Rustam Mustafin were released, the latter two without protocols being drawn up.
‘Disobeying a police officer’ is a standard charge used against protesters. In this case it is especially inappropriate, firstly because there was no protest, only the wish to lay flowers in memory of Nebesna Sotnya or the Heavenly Hundred – those killed on Maidan. The eight were stopped by a barrier and asked the police present why they could not reach the embassy to leave their flowers. That was when the detentions began, the human rights monitor OVDinfo reports. It adds that according to one witness, Anna Frolova, there were around 40 opponents of Maidan present and the police did not touch them.
Over 100 people died on Maidan, most unarmed and gunned down by snipers who aimed to kill. Even after the hatred deliberately stirred up in the Russian media over the last year, it is profoundly disturbing to think of people turning up for an anti-Maidan demonstration on this most terrible anniversary.
The largest remembrance gathering, attended by the families of those killed, was of course in Kyiv, but people gathered also in many other cities.
In the video here there are photos and the names of most of those killed during the EuroMaidan protests (the music is a traditional folk lament)
(Photos of Kyiv remembrance gathering - From Liga.net)