Russia Busts Opposition Leaders

On eve of Putin's inauguration
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 6, 2012 10:31 AM CDT
Russia Busts Opposition Leaders
Opposition leader Sergei Udaltsov leads an opposition rally in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, May 6, 2012, with the Left Front opposition movement.   (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

Police in Moscow have arrested top opposition figures along with demonstrators after a protest march on the eve of Vladimir Putin's inauguration as president tried to reach the Kremlin. The march by about 20,000 people to an island adjacent to the Kremlin proceeded peacefully this afternoon until a small group tried to break off and cross a bridge across the Moscow River, which was blocked by police.

As more people crowded toward the bridge, police sent reinforcements to the cordon, pushed demonstrators back to the rally site and began seizing demonstrators. At the rally site, opposition leaders Sergei Udaltsov, Alexei Navalny, and Boris Nemtsov were detained. (More Russia stories.)

Get the news faster.
Tap to install our app.
Install the Newser News app
in two easy steps:
1. Tap in your navigation bar.
2. Tap to Add to Home Screen.