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Russian Court Orders Removal of Protest Camp in Moscow

May 15, 2012

A Moscow court ordered police to remove a round-the-clock protest camp in the center of the Russian capital that was set up after President Vladimir Putin’s inauguration for a third term in the Kremlin.

“The ruling is to be implemented immediately,” a Basmannyi district court spokeswoman said by phone, declining to be identified in line with court policy.

Police read the court’s ruling to the protesters in the evening, saying the camp must be removed by noon Moscow time tomorrow, activist Ilya Yashin said, according to Interfax.

Police detained hundreds of people on May 6 after clashes between riot officers and demonstrators who gathered in their thousands to rally against Putin 24 hours before his inauguration. More arrests ensued in the following three days as protesters held a series of unauthorized gatherings.

The encampment near the Chistye Prudy metro station is modeled after the Occupy Movement protests. Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, has called for police to disperse the demonstrators.

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