This is a sad event - a world renown Chess Grandmaster Arrested! Americans we should follow this story.
By Christian Lowe
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Former chess grandmaster Garry Kasparov accused Russian authorities of illegally crushing an anti-Kremlin march on Saturday and called the protest a victory for opponents of President Vladimir Putin.
Kasparov, who was among at least 170 people detained during a march organised by opposition coalition Other Russia, appeared briefly outside a central Moscow court after being charged with public order offences during the banned protest.
"Today the regime showed its true colours, its true face," said Kasparov, who turned 44 on Friday, and is one of the leaders of Other Russia.for complete article:
Russia detains chess ex-champion Kasparov at anti-Putin rally
MOSCOW (AP) — Hundreds of demonstrators defied authorities Saturday by trying to stage an anti-government rally banned from a landmark downtown square, setting off sporadic clashes with police across Moscow and bringing a wave of arrests.
A coalition of opposition groups organized the "Dissenters March" to protest the economic and social policies of President Vladimir Putin as well as a series of Kremlin actions that critics say has stripped Russians of many political rights.Article here
Kasparov arrested in Moscow march
Authorities had banned the demonstration and about 9,000 police officers, many of them in riot gear, blocked the streets.
As head of the United Civil Front, part of the Other Russia opposition coalition, Kasparov has accused President Vladimir Putin of trampling on democracy and has often called on his supporters to stand up to his rule.
Kasparov freed after anti-Putin rally
by DOUGLAS BIRCH Associated Press
Organizers refused to cancel plans for the Pushkin Square rally and protesters started to arrive before 11 a.m. Police began seizing them a few at a time.
A 23-year-old woman, who gave her name only as Maria, said she and her husband, Andrei, were coming out of the subway when officers grabbed him.
"We didn't do anything," she said, tears rolling down her face as she watched her husband being hustled into a police truck. "We just wanted to see what would happen."
Viktor Vinokourov, a 67-year-old pensioner, watched the detentions from a nearby sidewalk, holding a hand-scrawled sign declaring: "I Don't Agree." A young man in a leather coat, apparently a plainclothes security officer, snatched it out of his hands.Article here
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