Russian opposition activists rally in Moscow to mark the five year anniversary of the Bolotnaya Square protest. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT. NO REPORTER NARRATION. About a thousand opposition activists rallied in the Russian capital on Saturday (May 6) to mark the anniversary of a mass protest against Russian President Vladimir Putin on May 6, 2012, the eve of his inauguration for a third term as president. Moscow authorities approved the demonstration on a section of Sakharov Avenue, but refused to allow a march toward Bolotnaya Square, the site of the 2012 mass protest. Flag bearing and banner carrying demonstrators chanted "Russia without Putin!" and "Russia will be Free", as opposition figures took to a podium to make speeches. The peaceful rally ended within two hours under the watchful eye of the police. The Bolotnaya Square protest five years ago was crushed by riot police and about 400 people were detained in what Kremlin critics say was the start of a clampdown on the opposition. Dozens were hurt when riot police and protesters clashed. Russian police claims more than 40 officers were hurt on the square that day. Seven demonstrators received jail terms of up to four years although the Kremlin denies using the courts for political ends and dismisses talk of a clampdown on the opposition.