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Bolshevik leader arrested in Moscow march

Aug. 1, 2009 at 12:40 PM

MOSCOW, Aug. 1 (UPI) -- The leader of Russia's banned National Bolshevik Party and 46 other Moscow protesters have been arrested, sources say.

Bolshevik leader Eduard Limonov and about 200 demonstrators were participating in Friday's March of the Dissenters in central Moscow when police arrived, saying the event was unauthorized, an unnamed source told ITAR-TASS.

Police arrested the 47 most active demonstrators, including Limonov, the source said.

Authorities told the Russian news agency the march had not been coordinated with Moscow's mayor and it conflicted with a youth sports festival already ongoing in Triumfalnaya Square.

ITAR-TASS said the demonstrators would be freed after administrative offense reports were filled out.

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