Moscow protest: nearly 1400 detained

Moscow protest: nearly 1400 detained

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Close to 1400 people were detained by police in Moscow following a mass protest on Saturday (local time), according to monitoring group OVD-Info.

OVD-Info, which monitors police arrests, said the number of the detentions from Saturday’s protest reached 1,373 by early Sunday (local time) — making it the largest number of detentions at a rally in the Russian capital this decade.

While the majority of people were released shortly after their arrest, 150 remain in custody.

As part of a crackdown on anti-government protesters ahead of Saturday’s demonstration, opposition figure Alexei Navalny was arrested and sentenced to 30 days in gaol for his role in organising the protest.

On Saturday, protesters were violently dispersed by police, with several participants reporting broken limbs and head injuries, according to the Associated Press.

Police justified their response by saying that the rally was not sanctioned by authorities.

The protest was over election authorities’ decision to bar some opposition candidates from running in the Moscow local government election in September.

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