Dozens arrested at Moscow election protest

Thousands of people had vowed to take part in the rally after authorities refused to allow opposition and independent candidates to stand for the Moscow city council.

Police officers detain a man during an unauthorised rally demanding independent and opposition candidates be allowed to run for office in the local election in September, outside the mayor's offices in Moscow on 27 July 2019. Picture: AFP

MOSCOW - Russian police arrested dozens of people outside Moscow city hall Saturday as they gathered to demand free and fair local elections, an AFP journalist at the scene and protest monitors said.

Thousands of people had vowed to take part in the rally after authorities refused to allow opposition and independent candidates to stand for the Moscow city council.