Three Russian opposition leaders were detained by police minutes after a demonstration to protest a government plan to raise the age for receiving state retirement pensions ended on Sunday July 29th.
As reported by AP, the demonstration in central Moscow had been authorised by city authorities and attracted thousands of people. No reason for the arrests was immediately given.
A top aide to Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, Oleg Stepanov, reported his detention on Twitter. He posted a photo of himself and the two others sitting in what appeared to be a police vehicle.
The demonstration was organised by the Libertarian Party of Russia. The party’s deputy chief, Kirill Samodurov, told the Interfax news agency that party chairman Sergei Boiko and rally leader Mikhail Chichkov were the other detainees.
The Communist Party sponsored a Moscow rally attended by an estimated 10,000 on Saturday July 28th.
The Bely Schetchik organisation, which tracks attendance at public rallies, estimated the crowd at Sunday's event at about 6,000.