Police detain more than 260 anti-government protesters in Moscow - RFE/RL
Russian authorities detained more than 260 people as nationalists gathered in central Moscow for an anti-government rally coinciding with celebrations of Russia's National Unity Day holiday, RFE/RL reported.
The Interior Ministry said police detained 263 people at the unsanctioned demonstration on Manezh Square by the Kremlin walls on November 5, according to RFE/RL.
OVD-Info, which monitors crackdowns on demonstrations, put the number of people detained in the capital at nearly 300.
It said more than 20 people were also held at rallies in St. Petersburg, Krasnodar, Krasnoyarsk, Perm, and Rostov-on-Don, without providing further details.
Reuters reported that police detained a few dozen people on a Moscow street, although none of those detained had any posters or were chanting slogans.
A reporter for the radio station Ekho Moskvy, Andrei Yezhov, wrote on Twitter that he was detained and that most of those held were in their early 20s. He said he was later released without charge.
OVD-Info, which monitors crackdowns on demonstrations, said on November 5 that 25 people were also detained at rallies in St. Petersburg, Krasnodar, Krasnoyarsk, Perm, and Rostov-on-Don.
It did not provide further details.
On November 4, police detained dozens of nationalist demonstrators at an anti-government rally in Moscow.
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