Russian opposition activists detained after demo

6th January 2011, Comments 0 comments

Russian police on Thursday detained dozens of opposition activists after they protested outside a Moscow prison against the arrest of opposition leaders, news agencies reported.

"A dozen militants of the Solidarnost movement were detained," said Olga Shorina, a spokeswoman for the opposition group of which former first deputy prime minister Boris Nemtsov is a member.

Left-wing Front leader Sergei Udaltsov put the number of people arrested at nearly 30, but the figure included those who opposed the rally, said Interfax.

Nemtsov was sentenced to two weeks in prison on Sunday for resisting the police.

Mikhail Schneider, a well-known oppopsition activist, was among those arrested Thursday, Moscow Echo radio said.

Opposition members rallied Thursday in support of Nemtsov and other opposition leaders including Eduard Limonov, Konstantin Kosyakin and Ilya Yashin, who were arrested on New Year's Eve after calling for the respect of an article in the constitution which guarantees freedom of assembly.

The three were sentenced to between five and 10 days in jail. Yashin was released late Wednesday after five days in prison, said Interfax.

On Tuesday 35 opposition activists were detained in Moscow during a rally which demanded the same constitutional right, police said.

© 2011 AFP

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