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Russian Police Detain Anti-Putin Protesters Outside TV Station

Police officers detain opposition activist Sergei Udaltsov outside the NTV television station in Moscow, Sunday, March, 18, 2012.
Police officers detain opposition activist Sergei Udaltsov outside the NTV television station in Moscow, Sunday, March, 18, 2012.

Russian riot police detained dozens of protesters demonstrating outside a Moscow television station after it aired a documentary showing people allegedly being paid to rally against president-elect Vladimir Putin.

At least 500 people gathered for Sunday's unsanctioned rally near NTV offices. Many there shouted "Shame on NTV" and "Russia without Putin."

Russian opposition activist Sergei Udaltsov, who was among those arrested, described the journalists who made the film as "traitorous."

The NTV program "Anatomy of a Protest" alleged that some people taking part in the rallies did so for cash payments.  It also hinted the protest movement was being funded by the West.

NTV was once an independent television station, but fell under state control after Putin first came to power in 2000. The station says it is re-airing the documentary on Sunday.

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

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