Buddhist monks arrested in Moscow at Ukrainian embassy vigil

The Ukrainian Embassy, which has previously been the location of several vigils and protests
The Ukrainian Embassy, which has previously been the location of several vigils and protests

Four Buddhist monks were arrested in Moscow this weekend after a vigil was held for the victims of a recent shelling of a passenger bus in eastern Ukraine last week.

The vigil, held outside the Ukrainian embassy, coincided with a peace march in Kiev that was attended by state officials, including Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.

It is believed that the arrests were made when the Buddhist vigil was considered an unofficial political protest by local authorities. During the ceremony the monks called for peace following the shelling of a bus which left 12 dead and 17 injured.

News of the arrests was reported by OVD-info, an independent human rights project that monitors protests in Russia. According to OVD-info the Russian monks were taken to a police station in downtown Moscow where are currently awaiting prosecution.

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