Thousands defy crackdown in Moscow’s biggest protest in years
Police arrest scores after the demonstration in capital and at another rally in St Petersburg, and detain a leading opposition figure
Mosco — Tens of thousands of Russians staged what a monitoring group called the country’s biggest political protest in eight years on Saturday, defying a crackdown to demand free elections to Moscow’s city legislature.
Police rounded up scores of people after the demonstration in Moscow and at another rally in St Petersburg, and detained a leading opposition figure before it began. But the response from the authorities was milder than the previous week when more than 1,000 protesters were detained, sometimes violently.