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Russian far-right "Unity Day" march called off

Russian far-right "Unity Day" march called off
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By Robert Hackwill
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Far-right nationalists can no longer call on mass support for Unity Day protests.

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The Russian authorities stopped far-right and ultra-nationalist marchers carrying some of their banners on Saturday, deemed “too offensive”, so the groups involved cancelled their planned march in Moscow, and a number
were arrested.

Every year the groups, opponents of Vladimir Putin, march on Russia’s national “Unity Day” and every year their numbers decline. The movement has been further weakened by a split between those supporting the breakaway Ukrainian east, and those nationalists who see common cause with nationalists in Ukraine fighting the pro-Russian separatists. In all some 30 arrests were made.

In another march anti-immigrant and anti-abortion protesters could call on similar numbers, around 2-300.

Vladimir Putin took part in the official Unity Day celebrations with the head of the Russian Otrthodox church Patriarch Kirill.

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