Moscow police detain seven for demanding release of Nemtsov

Seven protesters were detained in front of Russian President Dmitry Medvedev`s public relations office after they tried to hold a demonstration demanding the release of prominent opposition leader Boris Nemtsov.

Last Updated: Jan 05, 2011, 19:15 PM IST

Moscow: Seven protesters were detained in
front of Russian President Dmitry Medvedev`s public relations
office on Wednesday after they tried to hold a demonstration
demanding the release of prominent opposition leader Boris
Nemtsov.

Nemtsov, a Yeltsin-era ex-deputy prime minister turned
opposition leader, was arrested along with a number of others,
after an officially-sanctioned anti-Kremlin rally at
Triumfalnaya Square on New Year Eve.

He was sentenced for 15 days in jail for "disobeying
police orders".

"About 10 people attempted to hold an unsanctioned
rally today at the Staraya Square (in front of Presidential
Administration building) in support of Boris Nemtsov.

"Police officers have detained seven protesters," RIA
Novosti reported quoting police sources.

Yesterday, over 30 opposition supporters were detained
for rallying in front of the Moscow prison where Nemtsov is
being held for three days.

The US has expressed its `regret` at the arrest of
Nemtsov.

The state-controlled electronic media, which for the
last few weeks has been blasting Belarus President Alexander
Lukashenko for a similar crackdown on the opposition, is
tight-lipped about the similar events inside the country.

PTI