04/03/2017 by Julia van der Doesch
Russian police have arrested nearly 30 anti-government protesters during unauthorized rallies in the capital Moscow.
Police say the detainees were taken into custody for breaching public order as they tried to organize a march towards the Kremlin. There is heavy security presence on the streets where scattered gatherings could be seen. Police have also blocked access to Pushkin Square, traditionally a gathering point for demonstrations. The rallies have been organized by the Russian opposition a week after similar nationwide demonstrations. Last week’s protests were one of the largest unauthorized rallies since the year 2000 when Vladimir Putin was inaugurated as President. Putin warned last week that participation in such protests would not go unpunished.