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Police arrest dozens of radical activists staging protest outside Moscow police building

Police arrest dozens of radical activists staging protest outside Moscow police building

Police arrested dozens of radical activists who lit flares and staged an unsanctioned demonstration outside a Moscow police administrative headquarters Thursday.
The demonstrators from the National Bolshevik Party were protesting in support of other activists who had been arrested earlier for similar, unauthorized rallies. Members of another opposition group _ the National Democratic Youth Union _ also were arrested, movement leader Yulia Malysheva told AP Television News.
Dozens of riot police stood by and began hauling activists away, often violently, after they began lighting flares.
There was no immediate comment from police officials.
The National Bolshevik Party, whose members wear hammer-and-sickle armbands, is a small radical leftist group that strives for social justice, but also promotes nationalist ideas. The group is led by an irreverent ultranationalist novelist and is known for political pranks and street theater that have largely targeted President Vladimir Putin and the Kremlin leadership.
Authorities have increasingly cast the organization as an extremist force and the group was banned by the Supreme Court in November.


Updated : 2021-04-11 02:57 GMT+08:00