Russian police have detained hundreds of Russian citizens attending an unauthorized protest in the country’s capital, Moscow. The protest according to a monitoring group is in the quest to demand free elections. Sources say the crowds were pushed to Trubnaya square where the Russian police continued with the crackdown.
At least 685 people are believed to have been detained by the the police. The monitoring group revealed that last week during the protest, the police arrested over 1400 protesters, according to the group some were even beating with truncheons.
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Coordinator for the monitoring group, Grigory Durnovo told Al Jazeera news agency that the police even started to detain demonstrators even before it had commenced.
“The rally was planned to start at 12pm, Moscow time 11:00GMT. The first detentions started two hours before. we can call it preventive detentions because people were taken to police stations and they were told to sign warrants warning them not to attend the rally and even not to appear in the streets close to the place where the rally was to be held” Grigory said from Moscow.
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