Russia detains protesters on Constitution Day

2015-12-12 19:37
Police officers prevent people attending an opposition rally in Pushkin Square in Moscow. (Pavel Golovkin, AP)

Police officers prevent people attending an opposition rally in Pushkin Square in Moscow. (Pavel Golovkin, AP)

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Moscow - Russian police have detained dozens of opposition activists who tried to hold a demonstration in central Moscow on Constitution Day.

The opposition Yabloko party had announced plans to distribute a pamphlet outlining the rights guaranteed under the Russian Constitution and how it believes they are systematically being violated in the country.

Yabloko leader Sergei Mitrokhin was among those detained on Pushkin Square. He posted a photograph on Twitter of about a dozen activists in a police station, with one of them holding a sign reading: "Respect our Constitution."

News reports said 33 people were detained. It was unclear whether any would be held overnight.

The Russian Constitution was adopted in 1993 under Boris Yeltsin, the first president of Russia after the 1991 fall of the Soviet Union.

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