News ID: 256803
Published: 0415 GMT August 03, 2019

Russian police detain protesters in central Moscow

Russian police detain protesters in central Moscow

Police in Moscow have begun arresting activists gathered at an unsanctioned opposition protest in the center of the capital, against the exclusion of independent and opposition candidates from the Moscow city council election.

Earlier, police arrested a leading opposition figure as she headed to the rally.

Lyubov Sobol, who is one of the aspirants rejected from the ballot, was detained in central Moscow and taken away in a police van, Presstv Reported.

In Trubnaya Square, police arrested tens of people who had gathered.

Phalanxes of helmeted riot police linked arms and swept people away.

In Pushkin Square, a gathering point where a protest march was to begin, police waded into a scattered crowd standing in sporadic rain and detained dozens.

The rally attempt comes a week after police detained nearly 1,400 protesters, beating some of them with truncheons.

Despite repeated warnings that police would take active measures against the protest on Saturday, activists aim to hold a march for about four kilometers (2.5 miles) along the Boulevard Ring that circles central Moscow and is a popular area to stroll.

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