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Dozens detained over Russian opposition TV protest

Published on Feb 8, 2014 11:39 PM

MOSCOW (AFP) - Police in Moscow on Saturday said they had detained around 40 demonstrators protesting apparent pressure from authorities to silence Russia's top opposition broadcaster.

Some 150 people attended a flash mob protest close to the Kremlin in support of Dozhd (TV Rain), an independent Internet and cable channel known for its critical coverage of President Vladimir Putin, an AFP photographer at the scene said.

Police stepped in shortly after participants unfurled umbrellas in a show of support for the beleaguered channel, saying that the protest had not been authorised.

Dozhd has warned that it is facing closure after a string of providers recently dropped the channel from their television packages in what the station, which depends on advertising revenue, called a campaign of intimidation.

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