International Women’s Day becomes spring holiday instead of celebration of equal rights and opportunity.
Some of those arrested belonged to an anarchist-leaning group that had been refused a permit to gather, Yabloko said later in a statement, and simply joined the approved demonstrators, who embraced them. But police were not pleased.
“They broke the rules of the demonstration,” a police spokesman said.
Russians began observing this day in women’s honor 100 years ago, and Lenin made it an official holiday after the October Revolution, urging women to leave their kitchens and build a new society. Nowadays, the authorities are nervous about demonstrations, and the last months have been difficult ones for
Elsewhere in the city, about 10 people were detained for rallying on behalf of Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, the Pussy Riot band members who are serving
The demonstrators were urging parole for the women.