On Putin's birthday, opposition activists protest, call for him to quit

On Putin's birthday, opposition activists protest, call for him to quitBy Vladimir Soldatkin and Jack Stubbs MOSCOW/ST PETERSBURG (Reuters) – Police detained more than 200 opposition activists on Saturday for taking part in a wave of anti-Kremlin protests across Russia in support of jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny, ahead of a presidential election in March, a monitoring group reported. Under grey skies and intermittent rain, over two thousand people gathered in central Moscow’s Pushkin Square and chanted “Russia will be free” and “Russia without Putin” before walking towards the Kremlin and parliament. It was a different story at rallies in other cities however, and the OVD-Info monitoring group, a non-profit organization, said at least 262 people had been detained in 27 towns.



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