Russian rallies urge Putin not to run again; dozens arrested

Policemen detain a participant of an unauthorised rally in St. Petersburg, Russia, Saturday, April 29, 2017. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)

By Jim Heintz, The Associated Press, April 29, 2017 

MOSCOW — Under the slogan “I’m fed up,” demonstrators urging Vladimir Putin not to run for a fourth term rallied in cities across Russia on Saturday. Dozens were arrested in St. Petersburg and elsewhere.

The centerpiece rally in Moscow went peacefully, despite being unsanctioned by authorities. Several hundred people rallied in a park then moved to the nearby presidential administration building to present letters telling Putin to stand down from running in 2018.

But in St. Petersburg, Associated Press journalists saw dozens arrested. The OVD-Info group that monitors political repression relayed reports of more arrests in several cities, including 20 in Tula and 14 in Kemerovo.

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