Russia Stages Anti-Terror Rallies After St. Petersburg Bombing

  • Subway suicide bombing killed 14 people in St. Petersburg
  • Rallies covered on state TV, encouraged by government

People attend a rally honoring the victims of April 3 blast in the St. Petersburg metro in central Moscow on April 6, 2017.

Photographer: NATALIA KOLESNIKOVA/AFP/Getty Images

Russia held a series of anti-terror rallies with government encouragement in the wake of a deadly subway suicide bombing in St. Petersburg.

Thousands of people gathered in several cities from Vladivostok to St. Petersburg under the slogan “Peter, We’re With You,” referring to Russia’s second-biggest city by a nickname.

In Moscow, pro-government trade unions organized a rally where participants laid flowers near Red Square at a memorial to St. Petersburg’s sacrifice during World War II and listened to a concert. Similar events are planned at about 20 cities on Saturday, state television reported.

State television covered the rallies live, in contrast to opposition protests held on March 26, when police arrested 1,500 people at nationwide rallies largely denied official sanction.

On Monday, a subway blast in St. Petersburg killed 14 people including the bomber, who officials said was a radical Islamist born in the mainly Muslim ex-Soviet state of Krygyzstan.

— With assistance by Jake Rudnitsky

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