Moscow police warn against unsanctioned protests

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Moscow police warned Tuesday they would prevent any unsanctioned protests in the Russian capital after the opposition vowed to keep up their demonstrations against elections won by Vladimir Putin's party.

"Any provocations will be prevented in strict accordance with the law," the Moscow police said in a statement on its website.

"Those who try to stage any unsanctioned event understand perfectly well that they will be detained."

The police reported detaining more than 300 people in a rally Monday against the outcome of a legislative election that was narrowly won by Prime Minister Putin's ruling party despite widespread claims of fraud.

There have been calls on the Internet for another unsanctioned event for central Moscow for 7:00 pm (1500 GMT).

The Moscow police statement came shortly after the authorities confirmed raising the capital's security alert level and pulling more interior ministry troops into the city as a precaution.

The police said they were was "appealing to citizens with the urgent request not to fall victim to provocations and join attempts to stage mass actions that are not agreed with the authorities and that are illegal".

© 2011 AFP

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