Russian Police Break Up Protest as Putin Inaugurated

Russian police say they have detained 120 people in downtown Moscow on Monday as demonstrators gathered to protest the return of Vladimir Putin to the Kremlin for a third term.

Some 200 people wearing white ribbons – a symbol of Russia’s For Fair Elections protests – marched along downtown Tverskoy Avenue before gathering near Red Square as Putin’s inauguration ceremony got underway in the Kremlin.

The protesters were detained for “attempting to stage an unsanctioned protest,” police said, adding that the situation in the capital was “generally calm.”

Opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was among those detained.

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