Yekaterinburg, May 15, Interfax - Police in Yekaterinburg have charged three people with partially blocking a road during an unauthorized protest against construction of a church in the city, regional police spokesperson Valery Gorelykh said.
In the early hours of Tuesday the protestors started walking continually over a pedestrian crossing near the future construction site, thereby causing a partial hindrance to traffic.
"The police and the National Guard suppressed this violation. Three citizens were charged with violating road traffic rules under Article 12.29 of the Code of Administrative Offenses," Gorelykh said on Wednesday.
A further 26 people were charged with minor instances of unruly behavior.
In all, 115 police officers were involved in providing public safety, Gorelykh said.
The second unauthorized protest against the construction of a church in the park on Oktyabrskaya Square took place on Tuesday. Police and officers of the National Guard provided law and order at the protest venue.
Three individuals were hurt during the protest and hospitalized. None of them are minors. Twenty-six protesters were detained.
The Urban Development and Architecture Council voted in October 2018 for building St. Catherine's Church in the park on Oktyabrskaya Square. City residents raised objections. A group of citizens filed a referendum request with the City Elections Commission but this was refused.
Yekaterinburg residents held their first unauthorized protest after the construction site was fenced off. The protest started on Monday evening and continued through to Tuesday morning.