Police officers incarcerate a demonstrator during a protest demanding that independent and oppositional candidates be allowed to run for local elections in September in downtown Moscow on July 27, 2019.
MAXIM ZMEYEV / Getty Images  The chief CBP officer says he is not sure if the three-year-old is "a criminal or a national security threat."
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Police in Russia arrested more than 1,000 people in Moscow on Saturday. This has been the biggest crackdown on dissidents in recent times and a sign that the opposition is becoming more defiant when confronting President Vladimir Putin's stronghold in power. The demonstrators demonstrated against the attempt to exclude opposition candidates from voting for the Moscow City Council. Several opposition activists who applied in the September elections were arrested before the protest started. Overall, the police arrested 1,074 protesters during long demonstrations that lasted about seven hours, according to Russian state news agencies citing police figures. An independent observer quoted by the New York Times put the number of arrests at 938 slightly lower.
video [19459032IndensozialenMedien It was shown how the police collided with protesters and beat demonstrators with batons as they tried to disperse the crowd and make arrests.
The protest on Saturday came after the authorities were obviously surprised by protests against the decision last week to exclude candidates at the September vote from the contest. Alexei Navalny, Russia's best known opposition figure, was arrested earlier this week and sentenced to 30 days in prison for calling for a protest. On Saturday, police broke into an office where Navalny supporters wanted to broadcast the protests live.
Although police said around 3,500 people, including some 700 journalists and bloggers, participated in the protest, others say the actual number is likely to be much higher. It is also not clear how many of the detainees actually participated in the protest. Reuters reports that some of the detainees appeared to be people who were simply "in the wrong place at the wrong time".