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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Yabloko Activists Take to the Street

Supporters of the opposition Yabloko party blocked St. Petersburg's main thoroughfare Sunday to protest its removal from the ballot in the upcoming city council election.

Yabloko was stricken from the ballot for the March 11 election to the Legislative Assembly after municipal election officials found irregularities in the party's registration documents.

Maxim Reznik, head of Yabloko's St. Petersburg operation, said some 500 activists demonstrated on Nevsky Prospekt and blocked the road for 15 minutes.

Ekho Moskvy radio put the number of demonstrators at closer to 300.

"We said [blocking Nevsky Prospekt] was just the beginning," Reznik said by telephone.

He added that the activists also protested a plan by natural gas monopoly Gazprom to build a skyscraper in St. Petersburg, which would tower over the city's historic center.