From: MSN NicknameEagle_wng (Original Message) Sent: 11/25/2007 5:41 AM
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2007
Scores held in anti-Putin protest
Riot police outnumbered protesters on the streets of St Petersburg [Reuters] Riot police in Russia have detained about 200 people protesting against the leadership of Vladimir Putin, the president.
Activists in St Petersburg were beaten with batons and fists on Sunday before being forced onto police buses during the second anti-Putin demonstration in as many days.
"They have forbidden us from discussing Putin," Boris Nemtsov, a leader of the opposition Union of Right Forces (SPS) party told a rally before he was detained.
"But we have come here today to ask Mr Putin and the authorities why is there so much corruption in the country?" As Nemtsov was seized by five police officers, the crowd chanted "Russia without Putin".
Nemtsov was reportedly released a few hours later.
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