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Police detain participants in Russian opposition forum

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MOSCOW – Russian police on Saturday detained more than 170 participants of a forum of independent members of municipal councils, an action that comes amid the authorities’ multi-pronged crackdown on dissent.

Police showed up at the gathering in Moscow shortly after it opened, saying that all those present will be detained for taking part in an event organized by an “undesirable” organization.

A police officer leading the raid said the detainees will be taken down to police precincts and charged with administrative violations.

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