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More than 600 people were arrested in Moscow during a protest against the exclusion of some opposition candidates from an upcoming election to the city council. Pictured: a tearing boy clinging to a woman while the police crush the protest

More than 600 people are believed to have been arrested in Moscow during a protest against the exclusion of some opposition candidates from an upcoming election to the city council.

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The Russian police acted hard on Saturday against demonstrators in the center of Moscow, beating some people and arresting hundreds of others. The police also stormed into a TV station that broadcast the protest.

Police struggled with demonstrators around the mayor's office and sometimes rushed into the crowd with their batons. OVD-Info, an organization that monitors political arrests in Russia, said that 638 people were being held.

The Moscow police said earlier that 295 people had been admitted, but did not immediately give a definitive figure.

More than 600 people were arrested in Moscow during a protest against the exclusion of some opposition candidates from an upcoming election to the city council. Pictured: a tearing boy clinging to a woman while the police crush the protest

More than 600 people were arrested in Moscow during a protest against the exclusion of some opposition candidates from an upcoming election to the city council. Pictured: a tearing boy clinging to a woman while the police crush the protest

The Russian police acted hard on Saturday against demonstrators in the center of Moscow, beating some people and arresting hundreds of others

The Russian police acted hard on Saturday against demonstrators in the center of Moscow, beating some people and arresting hundreds of others

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The Russian police acted hard on Saturday against demonstrators in the center of Moscow, beating some people and arresting hundreds of others

Along with the arrests, various opposition activists who wanted to run for the council were arrested by the city before the protest.

Alexei Navalny, Russia's most prominent opposition figure, was sentenced Wednesday to 30 days in prison for recalling the unauthorized meeting in the heart of the Russian capital on Saturday.

The protesters, who according to police have around 3,500 members, called slogans including & # 39; Russia will be free! & # 39; and & # 39; Who do you hit? & # 39; One young woman was seen bleeding heavily after being hit on the head.

The protesters, who according to police have around 3,500 members, called slogans including & # 39; Russia will be free! & # 39; and & # 39; Who do you hit? & # 39;

The protesters, who according to police have around 3,500 members, called slogans including & # 39; Russia will be free! & # 39; and & # 39; Who do you hit? & # 39;

The protesters, who according to police have around 3,500 members, called slogans including & # 39; Russia will be free! & # 39; and & # 39; Who do you hit? & # 39;

People participate in an unauthorized meeting in support of rejected Moscow City State Duma candidates held by Russian opposition in central Moscow, Russia

People participate in an unauthorized meeting in support of rejected Moscow City State Duma candidates held by Russian opposition in central Moscow, Russia

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People participate in an unauthorized meeting in support of rejected Moscow City State Duma candidates held by Russian opposition in central Moscow, Russia

Along with the arrests, various opposition activists who wanted to run for the council were arrested by the city before the protest

Along with the arrests, various opposition activists who wanted to run for the council were arrested by the city before the protest

Along with the arrests, various opposition activists who wanted to run for the council were arrested by the city before the protest

Police struggled with demonstrators around the mayor's office and sometimes rushed into the crowd with their batons. OVD-Info, an organization that monitors political arrests in Russia, said that 638 people were being held

Police struggled with demonstrators around the mayor's office and sometimes rushed into the crowd with their batons. OVD-Info, an organization that monitors political arrests in Russia, said that 638 people were being held

Police struggled with demonstrators around the mayor's office and sometimes rushed into the crowd with their batons. OVD-Info, an organization that monitors political arrests in Russia, said that 638 people were being held

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Helmeted police stormed into Navalny's video studio while it was performing a YouTube broadcast of the protest and arrested program leader Vladimir Milonov.

The police also searched Dozhd, an internet TV station that covered the protest, and the editor-in-chief Alexandra Perepelova was instructed to be interrogated on the commission of inquiry.

Several opposition members were detained before the protest, including Ilya Yashin, Dmitry Gudkov and top Navalny employee Ivan Zhdanov.

There was no immediate information about the charges that the prisoners could face.

Once a local, subdued case, the September vote for the Moscow City Council shook the political scene of Russia while the Kremlin struggles to cope with strongly opposing views in its vast 12.6 million capital city

Once a local, subdued case, the September vote for the Moscow City Council shook the political scene of Russia while the Kremlin struggles to cope with strongly opposing views in its vast 12.6 million capital city

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Once a local, subdued case, the September vote for the Moscow City Council shook the political scene of Russia while the Kremlin struggles to cope with strongly opposing views in its vast 12.6 million capital city

The protesters, who according to police have around 3,500 members, called slogans including & # 39; Russia will be free! & # 39; and & # 39; Who do you hit? & # 39;

The protesters, who according to police have around 3,500 members, called slogans including & # 39; Russia will be free! & # 39; and & # 39; Who do you hit? & # 39;

The protesters, who according to police have around 3,500 members, called slogans including & # 39; Russia will be free! & # 39; and & # 39; Who do you hit? & # 39; One young woman was seen bleeding heavily after being hit on the head

A riot police officer still holds a wounded man with his camera up around his neck after being hit in the head during protests earlier today

A riot police officer still holds a wounded man with his camera up around his neck after being hit in the head during protests earlier today

A riot police officer still holds a wounded man with his camera up around his neck after being hit in the head during protests earlier today

The city council, which has 45 seats, is responsible for a large municipal budget and is now controlled by the pro-Kremlin United Russia party. All seats, which run for five years, are up for grabs during the vote on 8 September
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The city council, which has 45 seats, is responsible for a large municipal budget and is now controlled by the pro-Kremlin United Russia party. All seats, which run for five years, are up for grabs during the vote on 8 September

The city council, which has 45 seats, is responsible for a large municipal budget and is now controlled by the pro-Kremlin United Russia party. All seats, which run for five years, are up for grabs during the vote on 8 September

Once a local, withheld case, the vote in September for the Moscow City Council shook the political scene of Russia while the Kremlin struggles to cope with strongly opposing views in its vast 12.6 million capital.

The decision of the election authorities to prohibit some opposition candidates from running because they allegedly had insufficient signatures for their nominating petitions had already fueled several days of demonstrations, even before Saturday's clashes in Moscow.

The city council, which has 45 seats, is responsible for a large municipal budget and is now controlled by the pro-Kremlin United Russia party. All seats, which run for five years, are up for grabs during the vote on 8 September.

A demonstrator waving the Russian national flag while being escorted away from the crowd at a non-sanctioned meeting in central Moscow

A demonstrator waving the Russian national flag while being escorted away from the crowd at a non-sanctioned meeting in central Moscow

A demonstrator waving the Russian national flag while being escorted away from the crowd at a non-sanctioned meeting in central Moscow

Helmeted police invaded the video studio of the central opposition figure Alexei Navalny while he was performing a YouTube broadcast of the protest and arrested program leader Vladimir Milonov (stock photo)

Helmeted police invaded the video studio of the central opposition figure Alexei Navalny while he was performing a YouTube broadcast of the protest and arrested program leader Vladimir Milonov (stock photo)

Helmeted police invaded the video studio of the central opposition figure Alexei Navalny while he was performing a YouTube broadcast of the protest and arrested program leader Vladimir Milonov (stock photo)

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