European Union demands release of Russian protesters

The European Union has demanded the release without delay of hundreds of people detained in protests across Russia on Sunday.

The US state department said protesters should be able to exercise their rights without fear of retribution.

The protesters urged Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev to quit over corruption allegations.

Russia’s main opposition leader, Alexei Navalny, who called the protests and was one of those arrested, appeared at the court today and is yet to go before a judge but is likely to face charges relating to organising banned protests and could be held for 15 days.

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