Hundreds protest against Russian activist's detention: AFP
Hundreds of people on Thursday demonstrated in a square in central Moscow against the continued detention of left-wing activist Sergei Udaltsov, an AFP correspondent reported.
Demonstrators chanted "freedom for political prisoners!", but organisers warned the demonstrators through loudspeakers to avoid shouting political slogans.
They said the action had not been agreed with the police and they wanted to avoid arrests ahead of the New Year.
The rally was taking place amid a tense atmosphere on Pushkin Square with dozens of police buses parked around the square to form a security barrier.
The plight of Udaltsov -- sentenced to three short successive prison terms in recent weeks despite poor health -- has become a rallying cause for the opposition after their mass protests against the rule of Vladimir Putin.
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