Fact-checking the Moscow mayor’s first extensive comments about opposition ‘rioting’ on July 27

On July 30, three days after thousands of his constituents confronted police in an unauthorized downtown demonstration, Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin finally spoke out in detail about the protest against local election officials’ refusal to register independent candidates in September’s City Duma race. Appearing on the city’s television network, the mayor directly addressed the upcoming elections and the police response to last Saturday’s protest. Sobyanin made multiple remarks that are either flatly untrue or highly questionable.