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More than 100 people detained in opposition rally in Moscow

By the CNN Wire Staff
updated 5:06 PM EDT, Sun March 18, 2012
Russian riot policemen detain a protestor during a demonstration outside Ostankino TV Center in Moscow on March 18, 2012.
Russian riot policemen detain a protestor during a demonstration outside Ostankino TV Center in Moscow on March 18, 2012.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Two of those detained are high-profile members of the opposition
  • The protesters were rallying against a program on state TV critical of such protests
  • Police say the protest was unauthorized

Moscow (CNN) -- More than 100 people were detained in Moscow on Sunday after taking part in a protest against state television programming, police said.

Two of those held were Sergei Udaltsov, leader of a leftist radical group; and Boris Nemtsov, a leading opposition figure, according to the official RIA-Novosti news agency. Both were released later Sunday, their lawyers told the state-run Itar-Tass news agency.

The arrests occurred after about 400 people gathered at the Ostankino TV Center to protest the airing of a documentary series on state TV channel NTV about opposition rallies against the results of the country's parliamentary elections in December. The series has been described as "propaganda material against the opposition," Itar-Tass reported.

Protesters called the "Protest Anatomy" program "insolent lies and provocation," according to RIA Novosti, and chanted slogans against Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Police told state media that the activists were arrested Sunday because the protest was unauthorized.

CNN's Alla Eshchenko contributed to this report

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