Two Russian couples have gotten away with a warning after authorities had threatened to strip them of parental rights over their young children for taking them to unauthorized anti-Kremlin rallies in Moscow.
The two couples faced losing custody after being filmed with their children at what the authorities said were unauthorized rallies in support of opposition politicians on July 27 and Aug. 3.
"[The authorities] want to crack down so that other people won’t want to do the same thing," Pyotr Khomsky had told the Meduza news website last month. "The message is ‘Leave your kids at home and don’t get them involved.’ ... We’re not the goal — fear is the goal."
This story has been updated to remove a quote from the Khomskys' lawyer.