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Do svidaniya Russian Cops Break Up Protest Camp Alexei Nikolayev / AP Photo

Russian Cops Break Up Protest Camp

Russian police ousted political protesters from a campsite in Moscow early Wednesday morning, a day after a judge ordered the site be cleared because of complaints from neighborhood residents. Police had initially said they wouldn’t move in until noon against “OccupyAbai,” named after the statue of a 19th-century Kazakh writer in Chistye Prudy park, but instead swooped at 5:30 a.m. Protesters offered no resistance; police said 23 people were detained, mainly for public intoxication. Protesters then moved to a small park near the Barrikadnaya metro station, so-called for the barricades in the 1905 revolution, after word spread on Twitter that the gathering had moved.

May 16, 2012 7:05 AM