July 31, 2010 / 5:24 PM / 10 years ago

Russia police arrest Kremlin critic Nemtsov, others

MOSCOW/ST.PETERSBURG (Reuters) - Police arrested anti-Kremlin opposition leader Boris Nemtsov in Moscow and at least 95 others at demonstrations in cities across Russia on Saturday against restrictions on freedom of assembly.

In St. Petersburg, Russia’s second largest city, 60 out of about 200 protesters were arrested. A Reuters reporter said some had bleeding noses and some had their heads beaten against police buses.

In Moscow, along with Nemtsov — a fierce critic of Russia’s ruling elite — the police arrested Left Front opposition leader Sergei Udaltsov and at least 35 others.

Mikhail Schneider, executive secretary of the Solidarity movement, told Reuters the protests were intended to promote democracy.

“We’re here because the government has broken the constitution,” he said. “Pay greater attention because people are lying to you about democracy in Russia.”

Earlier in Vladivostok, no arrests were made in a protest of about 30 people.

(Writing by Lidia Kelly; Editing by Louise Ireland)

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