Monday 18 December 2017

Dozens held in Moscow amid new crackdown on protesters

Police officers detain young men during the anti-government protest in Moscow yesterday. Photo: Reuters
Police officers detain young men during the anti-government protest in Moscow yesterday. Photo: Reuters

Jim Heintz

Police in Moscow detained 36 people at unauthorised rallies yesterday, a week after anti-government protests broke out across Russia.

The police presence was notably heavy in central Moscow. Pedestrians could access Red Square only by passing through metal detectors, and police blocked off Pushkin Square, traditionally a gathering point for demonstrations.

Twenty-nine people were arrested while trying to conduct a march on Triumphalnaya Square and seven others were detained at Manezhnaya Square, which is adjacent to the Kremlin.

Separately, well-known opposition activist Ildar Dadin was arrested while picketing outside a police station, according to OVD-Info, a group that monitors political repression.

Mr Dadin gained prominence in Russia's opposition community after being the first person sentenced to time in prison under harsh protest-suppression measures pushed through by the Kremlin in 2014.

Irish Independent

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