Russia: Opposition activists charged after march
23 Aug 10

An opposition leader and two other activists have been charged with “resisting police” and “holding an unsanctioned march“. Former deputy prime minister Boris Nemtsov was arrested, along with activist Mikhail Schneider and human rights campaigner Lev Ponomaryov, at a march marking Russia’s National Flag Day on 22 August. The men were detained at a Moscow police department and later a magistrate’s court, before being released early this morning. All three deny the charges and say that they were simply walking down the street carrying a flag. The court hearing is expected to continue on 24 August.