Russia Continues Crackdown– Opposition Arrested & Beat Down
Opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was arrested today in St. Petersburg.
Riot police detain Boris Nemtsov, a leader of the Union of Right Forces (SPS) party, during an opposition march in St. Petersburg November 25, 2007. Russian riot police beat opposition activists on Sunday and detained nearly 200 people at protest marches against President Vladimir Putin in St Petersburg. Riot police also detained Nemstov and Nikita Belykh, leaders of SPS party, at the rallies. Both are running in a December 2 parliamentary election. (REUTERS)
Russian police have broken up an opposition rally, arresting activists for the second day running.
Police detained about 150 people in St Petersburg, including opposition leader Boris Nemtsov – who was later freed.
The protest was organised by the Other Russia, a coalition of anti-Kremlin groups. They accuse the government of crushing dissent ahead of elections.
On Saturday Other Russia leader and former chess champion Garry Kasparov was arrested during a rally in Moscow
A left-wing demonstrator holds a flare as others set fire to a caricature of Moscow mayor Yuri Luzhkov (L) during a protest denouncing policies of the Moscow government and the pro-Kremlin United Russia party in Moscow November 25, 2007. (REUTERS/Denis Sinyakov)
Yesterday, Russian officials arrest Opposition leader Garry Kasparov at a protest in Moscow.
Other Russia leader Garry Kasparov was among those detained in Moscow on November 24; he was given five days in jail for organizing the rally and resisting arrest. (RFE-RL)
Garry Kasparov Arrested at Russian Rally!