The police detained three participants in an unauthorized protest called Strategy 31 in Nizhny Novgorod on Thursday evening.
The protesters traditionally met in a public garden in the city's Freedom Square, holding leaflets, an Interfax correspondent has reported. The police asked the protesters to put the leaflets away so that the event could not be regarded as an unauthorized protest.
Several people ignored the request and the special task police detained one of the protesters, Igor Nesterov.
After that, another protester, Pyotr Tupakov, leader of the movement Working Nizhny Novgorod, announced that he was holding a one-man picket. After he finished his speech, the police detained another two protesters, an activist of Other Russia and a representative of the Nizhny Novgorod Civil Movement,
After the three protesters were detained, the other protesters stayed in the public garden and talked without any leaflets and other campaigning materials.
According to a police officer who was present at the rally, the rally had some 15 participants.
The police officer confirmed the detention of three people, specifying that they may be subjected to liability under Articles 20.2 and 19.3 of the Russian Code of Administrative Violations.
The opposition activists have now left the scene.
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