The Dominion Post

Unsanction­ed rally sparks more arrests

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Police in Moscow cracked down hard on an unsanction­ed election protest for the second weekend in a row yesterday, detaining more than 800 people at a rally against the exclusion from city council contests of some independen­t and opposition candidates. Officials rejected signatures several candidates needed to qualify for a local ballot. The decision tapped dissatisfa­ction with a political environmen­t dominated by the Kremlin-aligned United Russia party, in which dissenting voices are marginalis­ed or repressed.

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