Riot Police Detain 27 Protesters

OMON riot police on Friday detained 27 activists from the banned National Bolshevik Party who were protesting the results of last month's parliamentary elections, the group's spokesman said.

Around 35 activists gathered on Ulitsa Ulofa Palme, a street in western Moscow where several State Duma deputies live, and shouted slogans demanding they resign, said Alexander Averin, the banned party's spokesman.

"The OMON were very rough. One of our activists received a broken arm in a scuffle," Averin said. "The election results were faked," Averin said.

The activists were delivered to the Ramenki police station in western Moscow, where they were held for three hours, Averin said.

The protest was held under the banner of The Other Russia, a coalition of opposition groups led by former world chess champion Garry Kasparov.

The Kasparov.ru web site reported that the police severely beat protester Maria Koleda, 17, during the detentions. Averin said earlier that Koleda was the victim of an attack by unidentified assailants earlier this month that left her with concussion and a broken finger.

Averin said he suspected the authorities of being behind the earlier attack.

The Other Russia is planning a Dissenters' March for Moscow on Feb. 10, said Yelena Dikun, the spokeswoman for former Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov, who has been a regular participant in past marches.