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Controversial Russian opposition leader detained in Moscow

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Eduard Limonov, a leader of the Other Russia opposition coalition, was detained on Monday in downtown Moscow during an attempt to hold an unauthorized protest march, a spokesman said

MOSCOW, August 31 (RIA Novosti) - Eduard Limonov, a leader of the Other Russia opposition coalition, was detained on Monday in downtown Moscow during an attempt to hold an unauthorized protest march, a spokesman said.

"Eduard Limonov was going to take part in a March of Dissent on Triumfalnaya Square. He was walking along Tverskoy Boulevard, accompanied by his bodyguards and journalists, when he was detained," Alexander Averin said.

Police have not commented on the detention.

The Other Russia coalition, an umbrella group of opposition parties, announced plans in July to hold marches on the 31st day of each month, with further marches scheduled for October and December. Coalition leaders regularly fail to get a permission to hold marches at the proposed sites and are ordered by Moscow authorities to move their meetings to other locations.

Limonov has been detained several times by Moscow police when preparing to take part in the rallies, which are typically attended by a few dozen people.

 

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