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    A Moscow court has sentenced leader of the Other Russia opposition party Eduard Limonov to 15 days in jail after finding him guilty of 'disorderly conduct'.

    A Moscow court has sentenced leader of the Other Russia opposition party Eduard Limonov to 15 days in jail after finding him guilty of 'disorderly conduct,' a spokesman for the court said on Saturday.

    Sixty eight people were detained in downtown Moscow on Triumfalnaya Square on Friday for an attempt to hold an unauthorized rally.

    Limonov offered resistance to policemen upon his detainment and was using obscene language, said Pyotr Chernik, a spokesman for the Moscow Gagarinsky Court.

    There were in fact two rallies in the Russian capital on Friday. One rally, held by rights advocates, was sanctioned by authorities, the other was not.

    The sanctioned protest was led by human rights leader Lyudmila Alekseyeva.

    For more than a year, protesters have attempted to hold rallies on Trimfalnaya Square on the last day of every month that has 31 days to demand that the government respect Article 31 of the Russian Constitution, which guarantees freedom of assembly.

    Requests to hold the rallies were invariably turned down by former Moscow mayor Yury Luzhkov, who was dismissed by President Dmitry Medvedev in September.

    Current Mayor Sergei Sobyanin sanctioned October's rally, but the event was marred by an inner dispute between the protest's kingpins over the number of participants.

    MOSCOW, January 1 (RIA Novosti)

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