808 people arrested in Moscow over nationalist rallies

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Russian police said Saturday they had arrested 808 people in the Moscow region in a bid to prevent banned gatherings of nationalists and Caucasians which have already sparked deadly violence.

"The police prevented several attempted non-authorised gatherings in the Moscow region," police spokesman Evgeny Gildeev was quoted as saying by the Itar-Tass news agency.

"As part of these preventative measures to ensure public order, 808 people have been detained in police stations," he said.

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