Hundreds held in Moscow protest against police corruption

Hundreds held in Moscow protest against police corruption

Hundreds held in Moscow protest against police corruption

Some of the protesters wore T-shirts in support of Ivan Golunov, an investigative journalist who was last week arrested on allegedly trumped-up drugs charges.

But his supporters made a decision to go ahead with a protest on Wednesday regardless and despite being warned by the authorities that their demonstration would be illegal. Police and hundreds of demonstrators are facing off in central Moscow at an unauthorized march against police abuse in the wake of the high-profile detention of a Russian journalist. Golunov's arrest sparked outrage and triggered unprecedented solidarity among Russians, with three top newspapers publishing the same front page "I am/we are Ivan Golunov" in giant letters on Monday.

Among those arrested was Alexei Navalny, the most prominent political rival of President Vladimir Putin. Many protesters said the journalist's case had struck a nerve because almost everyone could find himself in his place.

OVD Info, which tracks arrests, said more than 400 people were detained.

Mr Golunov was freed on Tuesday after drug-dealing charges against him were dropped following a public outcry.

The detained persons will be taken to police departments for further investigation. Police in riot gear moved in against the unsanctioned march at which some protesters chanted anti-Putin slogans.

"If we do not show solidarity with each other, the system will break all of us one by one", said Udaltsov.

Mr Navalny tweeted that the authorities had become very nervous by the "improbable and unanimous expression of cohesion in the Golunov case" and become as soon as now setting about destroying that cohesion and intimidating and jailing of us who persevered.

However, the police action at the Moscow demonstration showed that authorities intend to keep tight control over public protest.

Organisers of Wednesday's event had demanded that Moscow city officials negotiate those terms with them during a live broadcast, something officials refused to do.

Police earlier said more than 200 people had been held, including opposition politician Alexei Navalny. Golunov and his publication, Meduza, claim that his arrest was in retaliation for his investigative reporting on corruption.

Officers in insurrection tools clashed with protesters all the blueprint during the unauthorised march in enhance of Ivan Golunov.

Golunov was freed from house arrest hours later.

The march that took place today was not sanctioned by city authorities.

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