2 dozen re­ported ar­rested in Moscow protest at­tempts

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MOSCOW | Po­lice in Moscow have de­tained about two dozen peo­ple at unau­tho­rized ral­lies in the cap­i­tal, a week after anti-gov­ern­ment protests broke out across Rus­sia.

The po­lice pres­ence was no­tably heavy in cen­tral Moscow on Sun­day. Pedes­trian ac­cess to Red Square was only through me­tal de­tec­tors and po­lice blocked off Pushkin Square, tra­di­tion­ally a gath­er­ing point for demon­stra­tions.

About 20 peo­ple were ar­rested while try­ing to con­duct a march on Tri­umphal­naya Square, which is ad­ja­cent to a main av­enue, and seven oth­ers were de­tained at Manezh­naya Square, which is ad­ja­cent to the Krem­lin, ac­cord­ing to po­lice fig­ures re­ported by the state news agency Tass.

Last week’s protests, in which more than 1,000 peo­ple were ar­rested in Moscow alone, were the largest op­po­si­tion show of de­fi­ance in sev­eral years.

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