Opposition leaders detained in St Petersburg

Police in St Petersburg detained leading opposition activists Olga Kurnosova, Nikita Belykh, Maksim Reznik, Leonid Gozman, and Andrey Dmitriev when they were leaving the local offices of the liberal opposition party, Yabloko. According to Marina Litvinovich, Gozman and Reznik as well as Alexander Shurshev, member of Yabloko’s youth wing, were beaten up by the police.

Natalya Shavshukova, deputy chair of the Union of Rightist Forces (SPS) in St Petersburg, was detained earlier when she was taking pictures of United Russia party fliers in the underground. Ms Shavshukova is a candidate in the elections to the State Duma. Nikolay Andrushenko, 60, journalist at the local newspaper, New Saint Petersburg, was jailed for two months for his article “Why I am joining the March of Dissent”..

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