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Russian Police Arrest 162 Citizens Amid Opposition Protests: Monitor

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7Dnews London - Reuters

Sat, 10 Aug 2019 18:53 GMT

Russian police arrested 162 people who joined the protests staged on Saturday, August 10th, in different Russian cities by the opposition against the government, reported Reuters, citing an independent monitor.

Thousands of Russians took to the street in the biggest protests since decades to demand free elections and free access for the opposition figures to run as candidates.

Russia’s OVD-Info protest monitor said that 55 people were arrested in St Petersburg, 10 in Moscow and seven in Roston-on-Don.

The recent opposition protests have been among the largest since Putin returned to the Kremlin in 2012.

Demonstrators are protesting against Moscow's refusal to allow prominent opposition candidates, who support the top opposition figure who is currently jailed Alexei Navalny, to stand in the Russian capital's September local elections.

Russia's Foreign Ministry on Friday accused the US Embassy of meddling in Russia's internal affairs for having published a map on social media showing the proposed route of an unauthorised anti-government protest in Moscow, Reuters has reported.

"We underlined that we consider the publication of the route ... as promoting participation in (the protest) and calling for action which constitutes interference in the internal affairs of our country," it said.