Russia Holds Largest Naval Parade in Years, Including a Chinese and an Indian Vessel, The Day After a Crackdown on Anti-Government Protesters
July 28: Russian President Vladimir Putin led Russia’s first major naval parade in years on Sunday, in St. Petersburg on the Gulf of Finland. The parade, the biggest in years, included 43 ships and submarines and 4,000 troops. It also included China’s destroyer XIAN and India’s frigate TARKASH. (TASS)
The parade occurred one day after a violent police crackdown on anti-government protesters in Moscow, where nearly 1,400 people were detained Saturday. A Russian group that monitors police arrests gave the figure Sunday, saying it was the largest number of detentions at a rally in the Russian capital this decade.
Police wielded batons and wrestled with protesters around the Moscow City Hall after thousands thronged nearby streets, rallying against a move by election authorities to bar opposition candidates from the Sept. 8 ballot for the Moscow city council.
Source: AP News