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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Police Won't Be Charged in Rally Crackdown

City prosecutors said Wednesday that no charges would be brought against police officers in connection with their violent crackdown on a Dissenters' March in central Moscow earlier this year.

Riot police violently dispersed the unsanctioned April 14 rally, which was organized by The Other Russia, a coalition of opposition groups. Human rights organizations had called for police officers to be prosecuted in connection with the crackdown, but a City Prosecutor's Office spokesperson said Wednesday that no evidence of police excesses had been found, Interfax reported.

More than 9,000 officers policed the march, which attracted 2,000 to 3,000 people. Hundreds of protesters were beaten and detained, as were several journalists.

After the protest, independent State Duma Deputy Vladimir Ryzhkov sent 37 pages of citizens' complaints of police brutality to Prosecutor General Yury Chaika.

City police and Interior Ministry officials have denied that their officers used excessive force.

After initially supporting the police, the Kremlin also criticized them for "some overreaction" during the march.

The crackdown drew sharp criticism from the United States and Europe.

Opposition leaders filed a complaint in May to the European Court of Human Rights, the court said Friday.