There were two protest actions in St Petersburg on June 3: a rally in Pioneer Square against police oppression with a concert and another “Test Stroll” in the city centre. About 150 - 200 people were involved in each action.
There were various slogans at the rally, such as “Long live workers’ solidarity!”, “Freedom for political prisoners!” and others. Speakers repeatedly made the point that lawlessness in the police is likely to increase in the near future and demanded that police sections set up for the fight against extremism be disbanded as these are most likely to show lawless behaviour. There was a performance by the musician Vadm Kurylev and by the group “Surfing above the abyss”.
The “Test Stroll” began on St Isaac’s Square, continued along the Nevsky, then took in Arts Square where there was a reading of Pushkin’s poems and Malaya Sadovaya where Tsoy’s songs were sung and finished in one of the cafes on Dumsky street. According to a statement by the leader of the United Civic Front, Olga Kurnosova: “It was a highly cultural stroll. We also discussed the demonstration on June 12 for which we have already been given permission by Smolny and which we are planning now.
(Source: Radio Liberty)