Russia detains protesters at nationalist march

2017-11-05 09:01
Police officers detain a protester during Russian nationalists' annual rally in Moscow. (Pavel Golovkin, AP)

Police officers detain a protester during Russian nationalists' annual rally in Moscow. (Pavel Golovkin, AP)

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Moscow - Russian riot police on Saturday detained dozens of people at a nationalist anti-Kremlin march on a public holiday known as the Day of National Unity.

Marchers at the event, which attracts nationalist protesters, shouted slogans including "Putin is a thief" and "freedom for political prisoners".

Police in helmets and body armour moved in to seize activists, mostly young men, at the authorised event in Lyublino, a suburb of southern Moscow.

Banned demonstrators

The detentions come after police banned demonstrators from bringing in banners bearing slogans. Organisers then formally called off the march.

About 32 people were detained, a law enforcement source told Tass state news agency, although police have not made an official announcement and others disputed the figure.

The nationalist movement has split in recent years, with some backing the Kremlin's annexation of Crimea while others oppose Putin.

Since Putin's return to the Kremlin in 2012, Russia has cracked down on nationalist leaders, many of whom are jailed or living in exile.

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