December 5, 2013
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)