Sunday, 22 August 2010

Russian police detain opposition leader

Moscow police have detained opposition leader Boris Nemtsov and another activist after they attempted to lead a march through the center of the Russian capital.

Nemtsov was leading about 100 opposition activists who tried to march through Moscow with a giant Russian flag. They were blocked by police, who dispersed the rally.

Sunday is Flag Day, a holiday celebrating the tricolor flag adopted by a newly democratic Russia as the Soviet Union collapsed.

Nemtsov spoke from a police precinct. He said the police decision to stop a march honoring the Russian flag showed the mentality of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's government.

Nemtsov said "the flag is a symbol of freedom and democracy, only not for Putin."

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