In this photo taken on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019, Russian opposition activist Lyubov Sobol gets up after her interview with The Associated Press in Moscow, Russia. Every movement is difficult for the exhausted and frail 31-year-old political activist, who on Wednesday ended a month-long hunger strike. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

Activist emerges as new leader of Moscow election protests

August 16, 2019 - 1:44 pm

MOSCOW (AP) — A wave of demonstrations in Moscow this summer has pushed a 31-year-old activist to the forefront of the Russian political opposition.

Lawyer and activist Lyubov Sobol went on a hunger strike for a month to protest the refusal by officials to put her and other independent candidates on the ballot for a city council election in the capital.

In an interview with The Associated Press, she says the Kremlin won't be able to stop rising public anger as more Russians lose trust in the authorities.

Sobol says: "I'm not afraid of telling people to their face what I think of them."

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