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Illegal Moscow Protest Concert Attracts 3K


MOSCOW (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Three thousand people attended an illegal rock concert in central Moscow on Sunday to protest the construction of a highway through a forest north of the Russian capital, Russia's Kommersant reported.

Police prevented organizers from setting up amplifiers and limited access to Pushkin Square, about 1 kilometer from the Kremlin, the Moscow-based newspaper said according to Bloomberg.

The concert, which wasn’t permitted by city authorities, was headlined by Yury Shevchuk, 53, the lead singer of the rock group DDT, according to Kommersant. At a meeting with Prime Minister Vladimir Putin in May, Shevchuk assailed the government’s suppression of opposition protests.

State news channel Rossiya-24 reported on the concert a day early as if it had already taken place, according to Kommersant. Rossiya-24 ignored the concert in its morning newscasts today, reporting instead on protests for and against the construction of a mosque near the World Trade Center site in New York according to Bloomberg. –by CelebrityAccess Staff Writers