Russia: On Putin's birthday, opposition activists protest in Moscow, call for him to quit
- 07 October 2017
Police detained more than 200 opposition activists on October 7, 2017 for taking part in a wave of anti-Kremlin protests across Russia in support of jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny, ahead of a presidential election in March, a monitoring group reported. Under grey skies and intermittent rain, over two thousand people gathered in central Moscow’s Pushkin Square and chanted “Russia will be free” and “Russia without Putin” before walking towards the Kremlin and parliament. Police briefly detained a few people, but did not charge anyone.
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