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'Parody of protest' rally halted in Novosibirsk on May Day

By The Siberian Times reporter
16 May 2015

'Monstration' leader detained by police special forces.

'I can't get away from the sense that I'm living in some kind of absurd'. Pictures here and below: Vera Salnitskaya

The 'Monstration' - with nonsensical slogans and chants - has become an annual event in the city but this year the 500 to 1,500 adherents were stopped from making their point as part of a 1 May rally. Organiser Artyom Loskutov, a performance artist, was detained by police and is expected to face a court on Saturday, charged with violating the laws on public gatherings. 

He denied the claim, and said: 'I hope everything will be all right.'

He urged 'Monstrators' to go home peacefully, it was reported. Ahead of the rally, organisers and the authorities had failed to agree a route. 

Police refused to let the participants join supporters of liberal political grouping Yabloko, cordoning off the gathering point.

Carrying gibberish slogans like 'Forward to a dark past' and 'I demand understandable slogans', the participants had hoped to talk to Novosibirsk mayor Anatoly Lokot, but a meeting did not go ahead.

'I can't get away from the sense that I'm living in some kind of absurd,' Loskutov told RFE/RL's Russian Service ahead of the parade. 

'Reading the news, I am always surprised by the direction we are going. That's why the 'Monstration' is the more honest and adequate reaction to our lives'.

'Monstration' leader detained by police special forces.


'Monstration' leader detained by police special forces.


'Monstration' leader detained by police special forces.


'Monstration' leader detained by police special forces.


'Monstration' leader detained by police special forces.


'Monstration' leader detained by police special forces.


'Monstration' leader detained by police special forces.


'Monstration' leader detained by police special forces.


'Monstration' leader detained by police special forces.


'Monstration' leader detained by police special forces.


'Monstration' leader detained by police special forces.


'Monstration' leader detained by police special forces.


'Monstration' leader detained by police special forces.


'Monstration' leader detained by police special forces.

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