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Russia arrests radical leader, others at protest: AFP

world Updated: Feb 01, 2009 07:03 IST

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Russian security forces on Saturday arrested a dozen people, including radical leftist leader Eduard Limonov, at an unauthorized protest meeting in Moscow, an AFP correspondent reported.

Limonov, head of the National Bolshevik Party, was about to give a speech at the meeting in a Moscow square when plain clothes and regular police rushed towards him with such force that he fell over and was arrested.

"Apart from him, around 10-15 people were arrested at Trimumphalnaya Square in the centre of Moscow," Limonov's spokesman Alexander Averin told AFP.

At another anti-government rally outside a metro station in western Moscow, a dozen opposition reporters were arrested and taken into police cars, an AFP correspondent reported.