Russia summons US envoy over opposition protests

Russia summons US envoy over opposition protests

Foreign Ministry says advocating protests is tantamount to meddling in Russia's internal affairs

News Service AA

The Russian Foreign Ministry on Friday summoned U.S. Consul Ambassador Tim Richardson to issue a diplomatic demarche over the U.S. Embassy's actions regarding protests in Moscow.

The diplomat was told that publishing information about the time, place, and a detailed schedule and route of the march on the embassy's website and social media was an interference in Russia's internal affairs.

"It was stressed that publishing of a detailed information of an illegal event, drafted by the (event's) organizers, we consider as campaigning for participation in it and a call to action, which is an attempt to interfere in the internal affairs of our country," the ministry said in a statement, published on its official website.

Russian opposition groups took to the streets on two consecutive weekends to protest against a government move to ban opposition candidates from entering the local parliamentary elections in September.

In a government crackdown against the protesters, nearly 2,000 protesters were arrested.


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