Thousands hold unauthorised anti-Putin rally

Russian riot police detained four opposition leaders on Saturday to stop them taking part in a banned rally against President Vladimir Putin in front of the former KGB security police's headquarters in Moscow.

A general view shows people gathering for an unauthorised rally to support political prisoners in central Moscow. Credit: Reuters/Stringer

Thousands of opposition supporters gathered for mass protests for the unauthorised protest, risking arrest and heavy fines. There was a heavy police presence around the approximately 3,000 people who came to Lubyanka Square for the rally.

Police officers detain an opposition activist during an unauthorised rally in central Moscow Credit: Reuters/Maxim Shemetov