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Russian Activists Demand Justice For Injured Journalist


Police detain an opposition protester during a rally in Moscow on May 31.

Police detain an opposition protester during a rally in Moscow on May 31.

The Russian opposition youth movement My (We) is demanding justice for journalist Aleksandr Artemyev, who was injured when police violently dispersed an opposition protest this week, RFE/RL's Russian Service reports.

The movement released a statement today addressed to the Moscow city prosecutor urging him to investigate the case and punish the police officers involved.

Artemyev works for the online news portal gazeta.ru. He was among some 150 protesters detained by police on May 31 on Moscow's Triumfalnaya (Triumph) Square.

Artemyev says one of his arms was broken in several places when police took him into custody. Police did not confirm that.

The mass gathering on May 31 was not sanctioned by the Moscow authorities.

Russian ombudsman Vladimir Lukin said today that the police acted illegally in dealing with the demonstrators. Lukin added that he has suspended a memorandum on cooperation with the Russian Interior Ministry.
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