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In pictures: Russia arrests

A protester holding a white flower is surrounded by riot police

Russian police have broken up an opposition rally in St Petersburg, arresting about 150 people.

Boris Nemtsov

Opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was among those detained, although he was later freed.

A demonstrator shouts at police

The protest was organised by Other Russia, a coalition of anti-Kremlin groups led by former chess champion Garry Kasparov. He was arrested in a separate protest Saturday.

A man holds aloft a National Bolshevik Party flag

Riot police reportedly moved in when some protesters unfurled banners of the banned National Bolshevik Party and marched towards the Winter Palace, the residence of the tsars.

A demonstrator being arrested

Dozens of demonstrators were carried off by police.

An elderly lady passes the protest

The Russian people go to the polls on 2 December, with President Vladimir Putin's United Russia party widely expected to emerge victorious.

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