A demonstrator is arrested by two police in Moscow
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Anti-Putin protesters arrested in Russian cities

Police in Russia have made 550 arrests after protests against Vladimir Putin's election as president, with protest leader Alexei Navalny among those held.

They detained 250 in the capital Moscow, including Mr Navalny, who says he expects to be freed.

Elsewhere, a further 300 people were arrested in central St Petersburg out of a crowd of about 800 protesters, according to local police.

Newsnight's Tim Whewell reports from Moscow.

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  • 05 Mar 2012