Clashes continue between police, protesters in Russia

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

MOSCOW (AP) -- Police and demonstrators have been clashing in Moscow and at least two other Russian cities for a second night, amid increasing anger over alleged vote fraud.

The protesters are targeting Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and his ruling United Russia party. It lost a large share of its seats in Sunday's parliamentary election, but still maintained a majority. Critics say the losses would have been greater without the fraud.

A police spokesman in Moscow says at least 250 people have been detained at a protest, where flare-type fireworks were thrown at a group of youths who supported the government.

Russian news agencies say about 200 were arrested at a similar attempt to hold an unsanctioned rally in St. Petersburg, and another 25 were arrested in a southern city.

Kremlin supporters put together two large rallies of their own in Moscow, attracting thousands of supporters.

(Copyright 2011, The Associated Press)

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