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Police Arrest Activists For Distributing Brochures About Putin

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin
ST. PETERSBURG -- Police in St. Petersburg have arrested five opposition activists while they were distributing brochures criticizing Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, RFE/RL's Russian Service reports.

The five are activists of the United Civil Front.

Some 100,000 copies of the brochure, "Putin. Results.10 Years," were impounded by police in St. Petersburg on June 16.

The pamphlet was co-authored by Boris Nemtsov, cochairman of the opposition Solidarnost (Solidarity) coalition, and economist Vladimir Milov.

The brochure summarizes the activities of Putin, who was president from 2000-2008, over the past 10 years. It was sent to Russia's Center for Fight against Extremism to find if its contents have any extremist elements.

Nemtsov told RFE/RL that another batch of brochures was impounded on June 17 in a publishing house in the city of Smolensk.

Russian opposition groups planned to distribute the brochure during the international economic summit currently under way in St. Petersburg.