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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Opposition Activist Detained

Police briefly detained opposition activist Andrei Sidelnikov at Kursky Station on Wednesday as he arrived from weekend protests in St. Petersburg.

The officers showed Sidelnikov, head of the youth group Pora, a federal arrest warrant on extremism charges that was issued after he participated an opposition Dissenters' March in Nizhny Novgorod last month, Sidelnikov said.

He said he was detained at 4:30 a.m. and released two hours later without explanation after he wrote an explanation about his trip.

A Kursky Station transportation police officer confirmed Sidelnikov's account but refused to elaborate.

Sidelnikov called the detention "an act of intimidation" aimed at discouraging him and other opposition activists who participated in Dissenters' Marches in Moscow on Saturday and St. Petersburg on Sunday.

He said he arrived at Kursky Station because he had not traveled on a direct St. Petersburg-Moscow train.

Sidelnikov is a former representative of self-exiled businessman Boris Berezovsky. His Pora group shares the same name as the pro-democracy youth group in Ukraine that brought protesters to the streets in the 2004 Orange Revolution.