Detentions of supporters of shaman “exorcising” Putin resulted in rally in Ulan-Ude
More than 200 people took to the streets of the city; riot police surrounded the protesters.
More than 200 local residents went to a spontaneous rally in the capital of Buryatia, Ulan-Ude, demanding the release of the arrested supporters of Alexander Gabyshev, who is known as “the shaman who is going to exorcise Putin,” Babr24 reports. The protesters were supported by the senator from the Irkutsk Region, Vyacheslav Markhaev, and the deputy of the People’s Khural of Buryatia, Bair Tsyrenov, Nomer odin writes.
On September 9, a local resident Dmitry Bairov entered into a verbal altercation with the new mayor of Ulan-Ude, Igor Shutenkov, trying to prove the illegality of the detention of one of Gabyshev’s supporters. As a result, Bairov himself and a passerby who tried to intercede for him were detained, Rosbalt writes. Through the Internet, Bairov urged people to take to the streets.
In the evening, the protesters gathered at Council Square and refused to disperse until the detainees were released. The riot police arrived on the square and cordoned off the protesters. Representatives of the Communist Party supported the protest and are trying to organize negotiations with the head of Buryatia.
The shaman from Yakutsk, Alexander Gabyshev, is known for going to Moscow to exorcise the “evil spirit of Putin” from the Kremlin. In mid-July, together with the Communist Party and Civil Solidarity, he convened a rally under the slogan “Russia without Putin,” which over 700 people attended.