As described in this post on our blog yesterday, on 2 August 2010, regular police (aided by OMON riot cops) arrested a number of liberal and leftist activists (including Sergei Mitrokhin, Sergei Udaltsov, and Ilya Budraitskis) who had come to a site near the Khimki Forest to meet with local residents and environmentalists to discuss what to do next in their campaign to save the forest. (The detainees were charged with “holding an unsanctioned demonstration” and “disobeying the police,” and most of them were kept in custody late into the evening as they awaited trial.) In the second part of the video, a group of environmentalists and civil rights activists make their way to an area of the forest where logging is continuing (despite the temporary halt called while the prosecutor’s office reviews various legal claims). They encounter a small band of hired thugs along the way and apparently scare off a group of loggers. According to the titles on screen, their presence at the site succeeded in halting logging for several hours.
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Source: grani-tv.ru. Video by Dmitry Zykov.