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Pickets in support of jailed opposition leader continue in Moscow

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Pickets in support of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, who was arrested by police after a rally on December 31, continued in Moscow on Monday, Ekho Moskvy radio station said.

Pickets in support of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, who was arrested by police after a rally on December 31, continued in Moscow on Monday, Ekho Moskvy radio station said.

Boris Nemtsov, a former deputy prime minister turned opposition leader, was arrested after an anti-Kremlin rally in Moscow's Triumfalnaya Square on New Year's Eve and sentenced to 15 days in jail for "disobeying police instructions."

Some 70 people, including opposition figures Konstantin Kosyakin and Eduard Limonov, were detained during the rally. Since then, people have been gathering outside the jailhouse in support of Nemtsov and other opposition figures.

The latest protest action was held in front of the Moscow mayor's office at midday on Monday and is expected to continue outside the jailhouse where Nemtsov is serving his 15-day sentence.

The activist of the Left Front movement, Konstantin Kosyakin, is expected to be released on Monday evening. Nemtsov and Limonov are to be freed later this week.

Human rights organization Amnesty International called on Saturday for the immediate release of the Russian opposition leaders and declared them "prisoners of conscience."

The March of Dissent rallies take place in Moscow and St. Petersburg on the last day of every month with 31 days, in honor of Article 31 of the Russian Constitution, which guarantees the right to free assembly.

 

MOSCOW, January 10 (RIA Novosti)