People attend a rally, organised by the Union of Journalists, in Moscow on Sunday. Reuters
More than 22,000 people packed a Moscow square on Saturday to demand free and fair local polls, incensed by the authorities’ refusal to put popular opposition candidates on the ballot.
This week authorities jailed President Vladimir Putin’s top opponent for 30 days and launched a probe targeting his allies but activists said they would not abandon plans to attend an unauthorised rally.
The detentions came around a protest to demand that opposition members be allowed to run in a local election.
The two New Zealand police officers who managed to arrest a man accused of killing 51 people at two mosques were given a bravery award on Wednesday.
Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam was forced to halt her annual policy address on Wednesday after some lawmakers disrupted the session, shouting and jeering as she started her speech.
The two leaders have pledged to tackle full-on the threat from terrorism and extremism.