Several hundred opposition activists are camping out in the Chistye Prudy area of central Moscow, in an action organizers are now calling "Occupy Abai," after the 19th century Kazakh poet and philosopher Abai Kunanbayaev,whose bronze statue sits amid the encampment.
A cafeteria of sorts has been set up to feed activists, while impromptu sing-alongs and poetry readings are held to help keep up spirits.
Olga, a college student, says she felt more comfortable coming down to "Occupy Abai" then to the May 6 protest rally, which was dubbed the "March of Millions." "I can do such things: I can help with the meals, with the boiled water, with something else. But I could not - I don't have enough power to go for such events as (the) March of Millions," she said.
Thus far, "Occupy Abai" has been, for the most part, left alone. However, President Vladimir Putin's press
secretary, Dmitry Peskov, said Friday that the protesters were camping out "illegally" and police would
"definitely" shut down the action sooner or later.
One of the opposition leaders, Ilya Yashin, says the movement will not be intimidated. "It's like psychological pressure. But they've already tried so many times to intimidate us with clubs and threats: it's not possible to intimidate us; it's not possible to disperse us," she said.
Several top opposition figures were among the hundreds of people arrested during and after the May 6 demonstration, including Left Front leader Sergei Udaltsov and anti-corruption blogger Alexei Navalny. Both men were jailed for 15 days for disobeying police orders and remain in custody.
Another opposition leader, Boris Nemtsov, was arrested on May 6 and released after paying a fine. The veteran liberal politician visited the Occupy Abai campsite, urging Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, who will attend the Group of Eight summit in the U.S. next week, to drop by. "Nobody's going to hit you; nothing's going to happen to you," Nemtsov said. "People just want to ask you questions."
Some protesters fear a different kind of official visit. This sign asks the Moscow mayor to protect city residents from the "lawlessness" of the riot police.
到目前为止,“占领阿贝 ”对于大部分人来说, 一直被认为是单独行为。然而,弗拉基米尔•普京总统的新闻秘书德米特里•佩斯科夫,星期五称示威者“非法”露营而警察“一定”会早晚制止这次行动。
反对派领导人之一的伊莉雅•雅辛称这个运动不会被吓倒。“这就像心理压力。但他们已经用棍棒和威胁试了很多次威胁我们: 恐吓我们是不可能的, 驱散我们是不可能的,”她说道。