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Demonstrators have clashed with police at a rally organized by the
opposition on Bolotnaya Square after several dozen protesters, including
opposition leaders, broke away from the crowd to stage a sit-down
Scores of demonstrators joined the group, creating a disturbance in
the process. Then, instead of proceeding to the sanctioned venue, some
demonstrators gathered on a nearby bridge.
One group of
protesters attempted to break through and head towards the Kremlin. A
few dozen demonstrators did manage to get through police lines, but the
cordon was soon restored.
As the mood of the crowd grew more
aggressive, some protesters began throwing stones and other missiles at
police. Clashes between security forces and the more radical
demonstrators then erupted in several locations near Bolotnaya Square.
police used batons to contain the crowd, a police spokesperson st
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