Hundreds detained as opposition activists hold protests in several Russian cities (PHOTOS, VIDEO)
Around 500 people have been detained in central Moscow during an unsanctioned rally, with opposition figure Aleksey Navalny among them. More rallies, some unsanctioned and others permitted by local authorities, took place all across Russia.
Police detained around 500 people in the city center on Sunday, Moscow police said in a statement. The detentions were made “during an unsanctioned public event,” they said, adding that those detained have been delivered to local police stations for further administrative procedures.
For the Moscow demonstration, around 8,000 people took to the streets, according to police. As the rally continued, police used loudspeakers to call on the protesters to disperse.
Protesters came despite failing to receive permission from the mayor’s office to hold a rally at the site of their choosing. The authorities suggested two alternative locations for the event, but the organizers rejected them.