Published On: Sun, Apr 28th, 2013

Police arrested anti-Putin protesters, more rallies expected in May VIDEO

Russian police arrest dozens of protesters in Red Square, Moscow, on Saturday as they take part in an anit-Putin demonstration.

The protest was to call for another election process and to bring attention to jailed activists. Police moved quickly to arrest the activists, calling a halt to the unsanctioned protest.

Russian protesters anti Putin arrested ITN has great coverage on the arrests and outrage sparked by the Russian citizens. – See the video below

The ovdinfo.org website, which tracks protest-related arrests, also said 27 people had been detained.

Some 50 people took part in the protest, supporters of Left Front leader Sergei Udaltsov, who is currently under house arrest, said on Twitter.

Over 650 people were detained at a May 6, 2012 rally on Moscow’s Bolotnaya Square on the eve of Putin’s inauguration to a controversial third presidential term as police clashed with protesters.

Udaltsov and two other activists were accused last fall of conspiring with a Georgian politician to organize nationwide disturbances, including the Bolotnaya Square unrest, with the aim of toppling Putin. The charges were brought after a pro-Kremlin TV channel aired what it said was secretly recorded footage of the alleged plotters.

One of the men charged with the plot, Konstantin Lebedev, a former member of a pro-Kremlin youth group who went over to the opposition in 2004, pled guilty to the charges and was jailed for 2.5 years on Thursday.

Udaltsov and the other activist, Konstantin Lebedev – who has been in custody since October – deny the charges, which carry a maximum sentence of ten years behind jail. The Georgian politician allegedly featured in the footage, Givi Targamadze, denies ever meeting the activists. Georgia, which fought a brief war with Russia in 2008, has said it will not extradite him to Moscow.

Red Square protests in support of the suspects have been taking place every Saturday since mid-March.

A much larger rally is expected to take place on the first anniversary of the rally, May 6, in central Moscow.


Photo ITN screenshot, video coverage

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