Moscow police say 200 detained outside protest trial courthouse

by Reuters
Friday, 21 February 2014 13:12 GMT

MOSCOW, Feb 21 (Reuters) - Police detained about 200 people on Friday outside a Moscow courthouse where eight people were convicted of rioting and assaulting police at a protest against President Vladimir Putin in 2012, a police spokesman said.

The spokesman said those detained had attempted to violate public order. Russian authorities say that by law, most large outdoor gatherings require prior approval from government officials.

(Writing by Steve Gutterman; Editing by Alexei Anishchuk)

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