Support The Moscow Times!

Now is the time to support independent reporting from Russia!

Contribute Today

Khodorkovsky Backers Held

Moscow police have detained about 10 activists who took part in a demonstration in support of jailed oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky on his 48th birthday.

Around 50 young activists wearing red T-shirts with Khodorkovsky's portrait on them marched down the Arbat pedestrian street handing out shirts and balloons.

Suddenly from the rooftop of a building along their route, a large plastic banner was unfurled wishing Khodorkovsky a happy birthday and freedom.

The detained activists were driven away in police vehicles.

Demonstrations also were held in St. Petersburg and London.

(AP)

Read more

Russia media is under attack.

At least 10 independent media outlets have been blocked or closed down over their coverage of the war in Ukraine.

The Moscow Times needs your help more than ever as we cover this devastating invasion and its sweeping impacts on Russian society.