Russia Protests: Hundreds Detained at Opposition Rallies

June 12, 2017, Monday @ 19:34 in World | Views: 88
Russia Protests: Hundreds Detained at Opposition Rallies Alexei Navalny Photo: Wikipedia

Hundreds of people have been detained at anti-corruption rallies in Moscow and St Petersburg, the BBC reported.

Riot police in central Moscow were picking protesters out of the crowd at random, a BBC correspondent at the demonstration has said.

Opposition leader Alexei Navalny was detained at his home ahead of the protests, according to his wife.

Thousands of supporters have heeded his call to take to the streets of Moscow and other Russian cities.

OVD-Info, an independent NGO, told Russian media that 600 people had been detained at the Moscow protest.

Police in Moscow say about 5,000 took part in the demonstration there, Interfax news agency reports.

Russia's interior ministry says that about 3,500 people attended the protest in St Petersburg, and 500 were detained.

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