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Yabloko Party Leader, Ecologists Detained


Sergei Mitrokhin, leader of Russian opposition party Yabloko

Sergei Mitrokhin, leader of Russian opposition party Yabloko

ADLER, Russia -- The leader of Russia's opposition Yabloko party has been detained along with several environmental activists while protesting in the North Caucasus, RFE/RL's Russian Service reports.

Yabloko head Sergei Mitrokhin told RFE/RL the detentions on October 4 were made just outside of Sochi near the Adler-Krasnaya Polyana highway, which is being built for the 2014 Winter Olympics.

The protesters were later released by police without being charged with any crime.

Mitrokhin said he and several ecologists were protesting the construction of the highway, which has led to the cutting down of a forest. He said the work has increased pollution in the Mzmyta River.
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