Hundreds Arrested on Second Night of Opposition Protests in Russia

Tom Balmforth
Radio Free Europe
Radio Liberty
12/6/2011

Police detain Eduard Limonov of the unregistered Other Russia party during a rally to protest the parliamentary election results in Moscow on December 6.

 

MOSCOW — Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was among hundreds of people arrested at a protest in central Moscow on the second consecutive night of public anger over parliamentary elections marred by widespread accusations of fraud.

News agencies quoting police sources said more than 400 people were arrested in the capital. Around 200 people who tried to hold an unsanctioned rally were arrested in St. Petersburg. Another 25 protesters are said to have been detained at a protest in Rostov-na-Donu.

Among those arrested were the head of the Memorial human rights group Oleg Orlov, Yabloko leader Sergei Mitrokhin, former Deputy Prime Minister Boris Nemtsov, and Eduard Limonov, head of the unregistered Other Russia party.

Gazeta.ru reported that several journalists were also detained. Kommersant FM radio posted on Twitter that one of its reporters was detained, beaten up, and had his phone smashed by riot police…

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