MOSCOW, April 14 (RIA Novosti) - Police have detained about 250 participants of the banned opposition March of Dissent in downtown Moscow, a law enforcement source said Saturday.
"About 250 participants of mass events were detained Saturday, mainly for administrative offenses," the source said.
Some 9,000 policemen have been summoned to provide security in Moscow during the march that gathered supporters and members of the Other Russia organization that includes the People's Patriotic Union led by former Premier Mikhail Kasyanov, the banned National Bolshevik Party, the United Civil Front led by world chess champion Garry Kasparov and the Republican Party.
A Moscow police spokesman said police are taking Kasparov, detained earlier for alleged calls to break through the police cordon, to a court that will decide whether he had committed the offense he is accused of.
Human rights advocates in Russia and abroad have criticized the Kremlin for tightening its grip on democracy and human freedoms ever since Vladimir Putin took presidential office in 2000. However, polls show that the majority of Russians support the country's leader for stability and economic growth Russia has enjoyed under his rule.
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