Hundreds arrested in Moscow amid protest, group says
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A group that tracks political arrests in Russia says that more than 500 people were detained Saturday during a protest over the exclusion of certain Moscow City Council candidates from a September ballot.

OVD-Info reported that 520 people had been detained in the Saturday demonstration, according to The Associated Press. City police put the overall number of demonstrators at about 3,500.


The demonstration began close to the mayor's office, according to the AP, but police were able to move protesters to side streets. The demonstrators shouted phrases including “Russia will be free.”

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was sentenced Wednesday to 30 days in jail for organizing the protest. Police on Saturday entered his studio while he was conducting a live webcast about the protest.

The arrests come as the Kremlin grapples with how to deal with opposition protests.  

Last month, hundreds were arrested in Moscow during a protest over the alleged framing of a Russian journalist.