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Monday, March 5, 2012

Riot Police Clear Anti-Putin Protesters

Riot police are clearing protests against Russia's new President Vladimir Putin after his disputed election win, with opposition leaders being seized.

Opposition figureheads Alexei Navalny and Sergei Udaltsov have been detained in Moscow. Earlier, police held Eduard Limonov, the leader of the Other Russia movement, and about 50 of his supporters after they held an "unsanctioned protest".

"They robbed us," Mr Navalny, an anti-corruption blogger, told a crowd of protesters in Moscow's Pushkin Square.

"We are the power," he said to cheers, before being detained and taken away by police.

A few hours before, in Russia's second city of St Petersburg, police reportedly arrested dozens of protesters from a demonstration of about 1,500 people, including local deputies from the liberal Yabloko party.

Opposition leaders have accused the authorities of widespread fraud and claim many people were allowed to cast multiple votes. Read More