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Unrest during alternative Victory Day rally in Moscow

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Unrest during alternative Victory Day rally in Moscow

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There have been scuffles on the sidelines of Moscow’s Victory Day celebrations. It happened as Communists, veterans and left-wing activists gathered to stage their own rally of remembrance.

Protesters demanded to be allowed to march towards the Kremlin, saying it was the very road that many Soviet soldiers took as they returned victorious from the war. They found riot police and heavy vehicles blocking their path. With central Moscow sealed off, there have been complaints that the commemorations were not open to ordinary people. Dozens of arrests were made from early this morning at a variety of locations, including inside Moscow’s metro system. Most of those detained were from the extreme-left National Bolshevik Party. Elsewhere, members of the left-wing nationalist party Rodina were also arrested as they prepared to stage a demonstration outside the Latvian embassy.