On Wednesday night, the eve of U2's first ever show in the Russian capitol of Moscow, Russian police detained activists from Amnesty International who were gathering signatures and handing out leaflets.
Amnesty weren't the only organisation kicked out of the venue, U2's own charity, the ONE campaign which raises awareness on AIDS were also shut down.
It is sad that in Russia – which is considered a civilised country – the collection of petition signatures so worries the authorities,' head of Amnesty International's Moscow office Sergei Nikitin said to AFP. 'You get the impression that the authorities are afraid of their own citizens.'
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