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The European Union reacted to the mass arrests of protesters in Russia

Евросоюз отреагировал на массовые задержания протестующих в РоссииAccording to the Russian media, on the shares detained more than 800 people.

The European Union expects the Russian authorities to fully comply with international commitments undertaken by Moscow, particularly in the Council of Europe and OSCE on observance of fundamental human rights and immediately release peaceful demonstrators and journalists detained during the protests on September 9.

This was stated press Secretary of the foreign service of the EU Maya Kocijancic.

“Peaceful protests were held throughout the Russian Federation on Sunday. Several of the organizers were arrested and thousands of demonstrators were detained, in particular, in some cases, the Russian authorities applied them to violence. These actions impeded the enforcement of fundamental human rights enshrined in the Constitution of the Russian Federation, as well as in the universal Declaration of human rights, freedoms of expression, Association and peaceful Assembly. In addition, the detention of some journalists is undermining freedom of expression; free media must be protected,” – said Kosyanchich.

In different cities of Russia took place on 9 September to protest against pension reform. Protests also called for opposition leader Alexei Navalny. The opposition have chosen this day for mass rallies, as in Russia, 9 September took place the election of governors, mayors and deputies.

The authorities of Moscow, St. Petersburg and other cities share is not agreed. According to the Russian media, on the shares detained more than 800 people.

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