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Russian police, protesters scuffle at anti-Putin rally
May 6, 2012 / 2:36 PM / 6 years ago

Russian police, protesters scuffle at anti-Putin rally

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Riot police hauled away dozens of protesters and at least two opposition leaders on Sunday after scuffles broke out at a demonstration against Vladimir Putin’s return to Russia’s presidency, witnesses said.

Riot police try to remove fences from participants of a "march of the million" opposition protest in central Moscow May 6, 2012. REUTERS/Denis Sinyakov

A long line of OMON riot police held back protesters at a square across the Moscow river from the Kremlin and beat some with batons. Some of the protesters threw plastic bottles and one threw a smoke bomb, Reuters reporters on the scene said.

Those taken away by police included two opposition leaders, Alexei Navalny and Sergei Udaltsov, the witnesses said.

Reporting By Alissa de Carbonnel and Maria Tsvetkova, editing by Timothy Heritage

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