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Moscow protesters arrested trying to reach Kremlin
Demonstrators in Moscow arrested as Putin inauguration protest tries to reach Kremlin
By The Associated Press

MOSCOW (AP) ' Riot police in Moscow have started arresting protesters who were trying to reach the Kremlin in a demonstration on the eve of Vladimir Putin's inauguration as president.

A march by about 20,000 people to an island adjacent to the Kremlin proceeded peacefully Sunday afternoon until a small group tried to break off and cross a bridge across the Moscow River, which was blocked by police.

As more people crowded toward the bridge, police sent reinforcements to the cordon. After about an hour of confrontation, police began seizing demonstrators and dragging them to police vehicles.



THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

MOSCOW (AP) ' A large opposition protest in Moscow on the eve of Vladimir Putin's inauguration as president has turned into a tense confrontation with police as demonstrators are leaving the sanctioned rally site and trying to reach the Kremlin.

A march by about 20,000 people to an island adjacent to the Kremlin proceeded peacefully Sunday afternoon until a small group tried to break off and cross a bridge across the Moscow River.

Riot police blocked the bridge. At the rally site, organizers called on others to go to the site with the aim of a sit-down protest.


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