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20 Mar 2020 | 05:01 AM UTC

Russia: Clashes reported in Moscow March 18

Climate activists clash with security forces over a construction site in Moscow on March 18; similar incidents possible in the coming days



Police forces reportedly clashed with environmental activists in Moscow on Wednesday, March 18, over the construction of new highway above a former nuclear waste landfill. Security forces fired tear gas to disperse protesters, and media sources reported 61 arrests in the aftermath.

A heightened security presence and localized transportation disruptions are to be expected in the area surrounding the construction site, as further protests and related clashes are possible in the near term.


Individuals in Moscow are advised to monitor the situation, avoid all protests and demonstrations as a precaution, and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities.