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Russian Police Arrest Journalists Ahead Of Rally

A March of Dissent rally in St. Petersburg on April 15 (RFE/RL) May 11, 2007 (RFE/RL) -- Russian police in the city of Samara have detained a group of journalists, RFE/RL's Russian Service reported.

Police said the journalists from the "Kommersant" daily and the REN-TV television channel were detained for several hours today for an identity check.

The journalists were covering preparations for an unsanctioned March of Dissent opposition rally planned for May 18, when Russian and EU officials gather in Samara for a summit.

Police last month quashed March of Dissent rallies in Moscow and St. Petersburg, detaining more than 200 demonstrators.

(with material from Interfax)

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