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Moscow Police Detain Opposition Marchers


Police in Moscow have detained at least 25 people preparing to participate in an anti-Kremlin protest organized by opposition leader and former chess champion Garry Kasparov.

Kasparov's "Other Russia" movement had vowed to march in central Moscow Sunday despite being denied a permit to hold the demonstration.

The protesters were detained at a Moscow square, where Kasparov had planned to start what he called a "Dissenter's March."

Witnesses say police surrounded the square and grabbed protesters as they tried to enter. An opposition Web site kasparov.ru said movement co-founder Eduard Limonov was among those taken into custody.

On Saturday, Kasparaov announced a new opposition movment called Solidarity. He told delegates meeting outside Moscow that he was optimistic about the future of the movement.

Russia's Itar-Tass news agency Saturday dismissed the new grouping, saying it is little more than a "re-branding" attempt by what it called "radical liberals."

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP.

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