Yesterday August 31 the rally in support of freedom of assembly was held at Gostiny Dvor. It was much more powerful than the previous ones. People held the square more than two hours in spite of the attempts of the police to stop the rally, the “cosmonauts” arresting the 31ers and some stupid “tricks” like the fire fighting vehicle which came after an anonymous call about a bomb in Gostiny Dvor metro station. There were at least 700 people who took part in the rally.
There were a lot of St. Petersburg “Oborona” activists among the arrested: Maria Govorova, Dmitriy Danilchuk, Dmitriy Izbitskiy, Andrey Pivovarov (the leader of St. Petersburg department of People’s Democratic Union), Natalia Smirnova.