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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

21 Red Youth Activists Held at Trial Protest

APRiot police officers detaining Red Youth Vanguard activists outside the Prosecutor General's Office on Tuesday.
OMON riot police detained 21 Red Youth Vanguard activists who had handcuffed themselves in a line outside the Prosecutor General's Office to protest the trial of dozens of National Bolshevik Party activists.

Police moved in and bundled the demonstrators forcibly into a police bus after they blocked the street and unfurled a banner saying: "Enough to the authorities' arbitrariness." City prosecutors said they might charge the 21 with disrupting public order.

Thirty-nine National Bolshevik activists are on trial for briefly seizing a presidential administration office in December. Parents of the defendants complained to the Constitutional Court on Tuesday that the Tverskoi District Court had violated a Constitutional Court ruling in March that allows courts to extend custody only at the request of the prosecution and in the presence of the defense. The Zamoskvoretsky court ordered the defendants kept in custody until July 14, but the Tverskoi court, which is now hearing the case, extended their detention by six months on June 30 without consulting prosecutors or the defense, the defense said.

(MT, AP)