Moscow police arrest 20 to head off racist riots
Jittery police cordoned off part of a public square outside the Kremlin.
Moscow: Russian police have arrested about 20 people suspected of intending to take part in a racist rally near the Kremlin walls, as officials look to head off a repeat of last month`s riots by ultra-nationalists protesting the presence of non-Slavs in the country.
Tuesday`s arrests came after jittery police cordoned off part of a public square outside the Kremlin and evacuated a nearby shopping mall.
At least 30 police trucks lined up in Manezh Square in response to Internet threats by ultranationalists to repeat the December 11 riots, in which 5,000 people chanted "Russia for Russians" and beat dark-skinned passers-by.
The riots were a reaction to the killing of a white Russian soccer fan during a fight with people from the south of the country.