Russia Crushes Election Protest
Jarrett Martineau | March 3, 2008 at 06:49 pmby
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The political situation in Russia continues to remain tense, as protesters in central Moscow were arrested Monday, after rallying in opposition to the election of Dmitry Medvedev.
At least 17 opposition protesters have been arrested as riot police put down a banned rally in Turgenevskaya Square in central Moscow.
The protesters from the Other Russia coalition of opposition parties - who were heavily outnumbered by the hundreds of police - were grabbed and forced on to buses to cries of "no police power".
The police, some wearing helmets and carrying riot shields, surrounded a park and the entrance to a metro station seizing people from the crowd.
Monday's demonstration was called to protest against Sunday's presidential election which was won by Dmitry Medvedev.
As the police moved forward the crowd broke out into chants of "False-Dmitri out of the Kremlin!" and "Russia without Putin".