Muscovites protest Kremlin policies
Protesters in Moscow hold a demonstration against corruption, rising prices and to increase democratic rights.
Police detain a Russian opposition leader and a dozen activists as hundreds of demonstrators gathered in the central area of the capital, Moscow.
Amid freezing temperatures, the protesters rallied against what they said was the Kremlin's stifling of democracy, as well as corruption and rising prices, on Saturday.
Protesters chanted slogans such as "It's time to change the administration" and "Enough of rising prices”, while many others held 'black marks' to demonstrate their mistrust towards the social and economic policies of authorities, Press TV reported.
The City Hall sanctioned the ''Day of Wrath'' protest for the first time in many months.
The leader of the Left Front movement, a small opposition group allied with liberal democrats and leftist movements, has been detained along with a dozen of other activists.
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said earlier that opposition parties should take part in discussions to voice their views, and rallies should be authorized and held according to the law.
Dozens of protesters were detained as they attempted to march towards the presidential administration building.
Police said it warned the protesters against the march which was in violation of the law.
Several dozen protesters held a similar rally in Saint Petersburg, where no arrests were made.
Opposition members have vowed to hold similar protests every three months, demanding direct talks with authorities.