Shocked by the force employed against protesters, thousands of Russian are hitting the streets for democracy. They're outraged that few opposition candidates will be on ballots in local elections slated for September 8.
Ukrainian protesters have accused President Volodymyr Zelenskiy of surrendering to Russia with his plan for local elections in the pro-Russian separatist east. The region has faced five years of violent conflict.
Tens of thousands of demonstrators have taken to the streets of central Moscow to protest the upcoming city council ballot. Independent and opposition candidates have been barred from running.
An estimated 4 million people took to the streets this week for the global climate strike. But in Moscow, one demonstrator has been protesting alone for months, pushing for climate awareness and to create a movement.
Municipal and regional polls have taken place across the country. Attention was focused on Moscow's parliamentary vote following a crackdown on independent candidates and some of their supporters.
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