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25 arrested in Moscow protest

2012-12-31 21:32

Moscow - About 25 people reportedly have been arrested in Moscow on New Year's Eve for trying to hold an unsanctioned protest.

The gathering at Triumphalnaya Square in central Moscow on Monday attracted 50 to 100 people.

Among those arrested was prominent radical writer Eduard Limonov; the Interfax news agency cited activists as saying about 25 people were taken into custody.

For about two years, activists have tried to rally on the 31st of each month with that many days, a reference to Article 31 of the Russian constitution that guarantees free assembly.

Authorities routinely deny permission for the demonstrations. Limonov's faction has fallen out with other elements of the wave of opposition to President Vladimir Putin that arose last year.

In his New Year's Eve address, Putin made no reference to the protests of the past year, saying only of 2012 that "it was very important to us", according to the Itar-Tass news agency.

"We believe that we can change the life around us and become better ourselves, that we can become more heedful, compassionate, gracious" he was quoted as saying. Russia's fate "depends on our enthusiasm and labour".

Comments
  • AnthonyfromAfrica - 2013-01-01 09:53

    . "one hundred" demonstrators...!!!.....another crisis for this Putin clown !!!

  • diana.gill.18 - 2013-01-01 23:29

    The biggest goal ever achieved by the protesters is public disturbance; what else someone would imagine once a cheap sensation seeking half-educated sexually obsessed gayboy writer is involved. If he is not happy with his miserable existence in Russia he is free to take off to the country which has granted him with citizenship, i. e the USA. I would love to see what would have happened to some Russian activist who came out in front of the White House in DC and started protesting against the existing power in the States.. Same funny look has a picture which supposed to illustrate the event. It is logic to think that if this incident had a place on the NY Eve people walking around the Red Square simply cannot wear light summer clothes. Is it sooo difficult to find a shot of winter Moscow?

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