www.irishtimes.com -- MOSCOW – Russian police detained more than 150 people including prominent opponents of prime minister Vladimir Putin at anti-Kremlin protests yesterday, after Mr Putin said demonstrators without permits could expect harsh treatment. In Moscow, police detained opposition politician Boris Nemtsov and dozens of other protesters who defied authorities by gathering on a central square declared off-limits last week. Protesters shouted “Shame!” and “Russia without Putin!” Police dragged protesters through the crowd on Triumph Square and shoved them into buses, carrying some who resisted or twisting their arms behind their backs. Opposition leaders and human rights activists have been converging there on the 31st of each month, symbolising the right to free assembly guaranteed in Article 31 of Russia’s constitution.
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