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Police detain over 80 opposition activists in downtown Moscow

May 07, 2012, 13:05 UTC+3
A co-leader of the Party of People’s Freedom (PARNAS) Boris Nemtsov was among those detained
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MOSCOW, May 7 (Itar-Tass) — More than 80 opposition activists have been detained in downtown Moscow for attempts to hold unauthorized actions on Monday. A co-leader of the Party of People’s Freedom (PARNAS) Boris Nemtsov was among those detained.

According to Itar-Tass correspondents, about 50 opposition activists were detained near the Hotel National, the monument to Zhukov and Manezh Square, and in Gazetny Pereulok street, all in the immediate vicinity to the Kremlin. Thirty more protesters, including Boris Nemtsov, were detained in Nikitsky Boulevard. On Saturday, Nemtsov was detained in Bolotnaya Square in Moscow, where protesters staged clashes with police. Later, he was released and awarded a fine.

Earlier, Internet users were called on to stage flash mobs along the route of Vladimir Putin’s motorcade to protest against his presidency.

The opposition has staged a spontaneous march along Moscow’s Tverskoi Boulevard. An Itar-Tass correspondent says 200-300 activists marched along the boulevard to Tverskaya Street, where they tried to proceed towards the Kremlin.

Meanwhile, pro-Kremlin activists are also staging actions, chanting slogans “Putin loves all.”

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