Po­lice de­tain pro­test­ers out­side TV sta­tion

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MOSCOW | Rus­sian po­lice de­tained about 100 peo­ple protest­ing Sun­day out­side a tele­vi­sion sta­tion loyal to the Krem­lin af­ter it aired a doc­u­men­tary-style pro­gram that por­trayed the op­po­si­tion as paid agents of the U.S.

The NTV pro­gram “Anatomy of a Protest” sug­gested that op­po­si­tion lead­ers were in­tent on over­throw­ing the gov­ern­ment, and that mi­grant work­ers and oth­ers were be­ing paid to at­tend re­cent protests against Prime Min­is­ter Vladimir Putin.

The pro­gram, which aired Thurs­day, trig­gered a flood of an­gry tweets and com­ments on so­cial net­work­ing web­sites.

About 1,000 peo­ple took part in Sun­day’s protest, chant­ing “Shame on NTV” and “Rus­sia with­out Putin.” Many wore the white rib­bons that have be­come a sym­bol of the protest move­ment. Driv­ers pass­ing by honked their horns in sup­port.

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