Moscow police prevent unauthorized march from Triumfalnaya Square.

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MOSCOW, July 31 (Itar-Tass) —— Moscow police have detained several dozens of participants in an action in support of Article 31 of the Russian constitution, who started an unauthorized march from Triumfalnaya Square to Pushkin Square.

The protesters started their action with a sit-in on Triumfalnaya Square. About 50 people divided into two groups, sat down on the sidewalk and locked their elbows. They started chanting political slogans. Sporadically the protesters unlocked their arms and clapped their hands just like the Belarusian opposition does. The police did not interfere. “They do not threaten public security,” a police representative said.

The sit-in ended at 8:00 p.m., and the protesters marched down Tverskaya Street. The police cut off a part of the group. The others, about 40 people, were detained in several dozens of meters. According to some reports, the detainees include opposition leaders Sergei Udaltsov and Konstantin Kosyakin. Eduard Limonov also took part in the sit-in, but his current whereabouts are unknown.

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