Russian police arrest 30 at opposition rally: organisers

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Russian police arrested about 30 opposition activists and human rights campaigners during an unauthorised rally in the capital on Tuesday, organisers said.

"In total, I believe 30 people were arrested," Left Front leader Sergei Udaltsov, who was also taken in by police, told Echo of Moscow radio station.

"Unfortunately, Moscow's authorities have once again ignored the rights of citizens to participate in gatherings and demonstrations," Sergei Nikitin, Amnesty International's Russia director, was quoted as saying by Interfax news agency.

Russia's small but vocal opposition stages regular protests in Moscow which rarely receive official authorisation and often result in police rounding up demonstrators.

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