Moscow police make arrests at banned opposition rally
Russian police on Friday arrested a dozen opposition activists outside Moscow's city hall after their anti-Putin rally had been banned.
Left Front chief Sergei Udaltsov and human rights activist Lev Ponomarev were among those detained as dozens of riot police protected the building.
In all, less than 100 people had joined the protest, shouting "A Russia without (Prime Minister Vladimir) Putin" and "We've had enough of this terror".
Demonstrators handed out leaflets carrying the picture of Kommersant journalist Oleg Kashin who is still in hospital after he was beaten up last week.
About 20 protesters later rallied outside a central Moscow police station where the demonstrators were being detained.
Opposition activists hold a "Day of Wrath" every 12th of the month to press demands for the election of the Moscow mayor by the capital's residents. He and regional governors have been appointed by the Kremlin since a 2005 constitutional amendment.
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