(MOSCOW, Russia.) JUST IN: Security police have detained at least 72 people on Saturday over opposition protests staged in several cities, the OVD-Info protest monitor said on social media #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Aug.10: Tens of thousands rally in #Moscow in support of candidates barred from city council election https://t.co/9IazlSPZmp https://t.co/BhjtjjsGv4 RT_com tens of thousands of Muscovites staged Russia’s biggest political protest for years on Saturday, rallying to demand free city elections in spite of a government crackdown: The monitor said 72 people had been detained in St Petersburg, 10 in Moscow and seven in Roston-on-Don Reuters reported.

Around 20,000 people have gathered for an authorized rally in the heart of Moscow, the Russian Interior Ministry’s Main Directorate for Moscow said: “ About 20,000 people are attending the event on Academician Sakharov Avenue”, the Moscow police said in a statement.” SputnikInt reported https://t.co/3y1lMyjORu

The protests have been going on since mid-July in the Russian capital: They were hosted by opposition figures who were denied registration for the elections to the Moscow city council scheduled for 8 September.”The previous rallies were unauthorized by the Moscow authorities. The protests resulted in the detentions of hundreds of protesters. Most of them were released later. Some of the organizers of the protest were arrested till late September.”

#AceNewsDesk reports ………………Published: Aug.11: 2019: Reuters: Additional Reporting by Maria Kiselyova; writing by Tom Balmforth; Editing by Janet Lawrence

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