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Russian police detained an opposition leader and a dozen activists during a rally in Moscow that drew hundreds of protesters.

Updated: Feb 12, 2011, 23:18 PM IST

Moscow: Russian police detained an
opposition leader and a dozen activists during a rally in
Moscow that drew hundreds of protesters.

Several hundred activists headed by Sergei Udaltsov of
the Left Front group rallied in central Moscow today to
protest what they said was the Kremlin`s stifling of
democracy, as well as corruption and rising prices.

Authorities limited the rally to a central square, and
riot police started detentions after the protesters moved to
the presidential administration building.

Moscow police spokeswoman Yelena Perfilova told the
Ekho Moskvy radio that Udaltsov and 13 protesters were
detained.

Popular support for opposition groups is minimal in
Russia. Their activities have been thwarted as authorities ban
their rallies and police regularly break up their gatherings.

PTI