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Russian Police Arrest 30 Protesters In St. Petersburg --> Police depoloyed to contain anti-G8 demonstrators at St. Petersburg's Kirov Stadium on July 15 (RFE/RL) July 16, 2006 -- Russian police today arrested about 30 self-professed anarchists who briefly demonstrated against the Group of Eight (G8) summit in St. Petersburg.

Police hauled away the protesters during a rally in front of the SAS Radisson Hotel on the city's main thoroughfare.

The Kremlin, determined to contain demonstrations during the summit, has allowed protesters to gather only at the Kirov Stadium, about 15 kilometers from the city center.


G8 Summit: St. Petersburg, July 15-17

A worker hangs G8 banners outside the Russian National Library in St. Petersburg (epa)

SITTING DOWN AT THE TABLE: On July 15-17, Russia hosts the leaders of the Group of Eight (G8) leading industrialized countries in its northern capital, St. Petersburg. The event is a landmark in Russia's reemergence on the international stage after more than a decade of painful transition. In many ways, Russian President Vladimir Putin will be the strongest and most confident of the leaders at the meeting, despite international concerns about the state of Russia's democratic development. Below are links to some of RFE/RL's reporting on the run-up to this major international event.

Confident Kremlin Prepares To Preside Over G8 Summit

G8 Foreign Ministers Meet To Map Out Summit Agenda

Opposition, NGOs Gather Ahead Of G8 Summit

Barroso Calls On G8 To Agree Global Energy Principles

G8 Presidency Spurs 'Exceptional' PR Response

MORE: Follow the coverage of the G8 summit in St. Petersburg in Russian on the website of RFE/RL's Russian Service. An archive of RFE/RL's coverage of Russia in English.