MOSCOW, February 19 (Itar-Tass) —— The motor campaign “For Fair Elections” caused four road accidents in Moscow on Sunday, the city police department told Itar-Tass.
“A number of road accidents happened during the action through the fault of action participants. There were four road accidents in tunnels. The drivers said in two cases they were unable to leave the accident scenes until evacuation vehicles arrived, which impeded traffic in tunnels,” the police said.
The police also said that the motor campaign organizers compensated for the small number of participants with provocative actions. For instance, vehicles devoid of campaign symbols blocked traffic on several lanes. “As a result, the inner lanes of the Garden Ring came to a halt at about 3:00 p.m. Moscow time. The city traffic police managed to resume the traffic,” it said.
The motor campaign is over. According to various sources, the number of participants varied from 150 to several thousands of vehicles.
The action started at 2:00 p.m. The protesters planned to drive along the Garden Ring and streets adjoining the Kremlin but some of the streets appeared to be closed for traffic.
The Moscow city police department said that the motor campaign involved several groups of up to 100 vehicles with protest symbols and another 50 vehicles without such.
In turn, the campaigners said that up to 2,000 vehicles took part in the Sunday action, which was no less than on January 19. Many of them claimed that traffic jams were created artificially. They also said some of them were fined by traffic police.