October 7, 2017 / 4:24 PM / a year ago

Russian riot police detain opposition protesters in St Petersburg: Reuters witness

ST PETERSBURG (Reuters) - Russian riot police detained at least 10 opposition protesters on Saturday in central St Petersburg as hundreds of anti-Kremlin activists marched towards the city’s main street, a Reuters witness said.

ATTENTION EDITORS - VISUAL COVERAGE OF SCENES OF INJURY OR DEATH Police officers detain supporters of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny during a rally in St. Petersburg, Russia October 7, 2017. REUTERS/Anton Vaganov

Police across Russia detained more than 100 opposition activists earlier on Saturday for taking part in a wave of protests in support of jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny ahead of a presidential election in March.

The authorities said most of the protests were illegal because they had not been officially approved beforehand.

Reporting by Jack Stubbs; Writing by Andrew Osborn; Editing by Alison Williams

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