Police arrest demonstrators in Triumfalnaya Square

Moscow police have foiled an attempt to stage an unsanctioned opposition rally on Triumfalnaya Square in central Moscow.

Opposition activists sat down on the asphalt opposite the Economic Development Ministry and started chanting anti-government slogans, an Interfax correspondent said. Police spent 15 minutes asking them over loudspeakers to disperse and informing them that their rally is illegal as it was not sanctioned by the city authorities. However, demonstrators ignored the police order and as a result police arrested the participants of "the opposition sit-in."

Since demonstrators were resisting the arrest, the police had to drag them by their arms and legs.

About 25 people were arrested for an attempt to stage an unsanctioned rally. "About 25 people are being held for attempting to stage an unsanctioned event and were brought to a police station to face administrative charges," a police spokesperson said.

Eduard Limonov, leader of The Other Russia, a non-registered movement, was among those detained on Triumfalnaya Square. Earlier police arrested opposition activist Konstantin Kosyakin in the square. Opposition was going to attend an unsanctioned rally in support of Article 31 of the Constitution which allows Russian citizens to attend and organize peaceful meetings.

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