Local authorities in Russia have refused to allow an opposition rally on the grounds that activists’ rubber duck toys are a symbol of regime change created by Western intelligence agencies.
Supporters of Alexei Navalny, who wants to challenge Vladimir Putinfor the presidency, filed a complaint after they were denied permission for a rally by the city of Izhevsk, the home of the Kalashnikov rifle factory 700 miles east of Moscow.
The city argued in court that the demonstration was illegal under a law against “mass riots,” citing an article about rubber ducks by the pro-Kremlin website News-Front.info, according to photographs posted by opposition activist Timofei Klabukov.
The squeaky toys have become a jokey accoutrement at rallies after a drone fly-over by Mr Navalny discovered a house for ducks at an extravagant mansion allegedly owned by prime minister Dmitry Medvedev. rus
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