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EU, rights activists express outrage over police brutality, arrests in Russia

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Russin opposition leader Alexei Navalny is detained by police after calling for protests across Russia ahead of Vladimir Putin\'s inauguration for a fourth Kremlin term. Internet photo

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Foreign governments and rights activists on Sunday expressed outrage over mass arrests in Russia and the brutality with which protests were broken up on the eve of Vladimir Putin's inauguration.
The European Union slammed "police brutality and mass arrests" after nearly 1,600 protesters including opposition leader Alexei Navalny were on Saturday detained in 27 Russian cities during nationwide rallies ahead of Putin's swearing-in ceremony for a fourth Kremlin term on Monday.
Thousands had taken to the streets heeding a call from Navalny, a charismatic 41-year-old opposition politician, who was barred from challenging Putin in March's presidential election and called on Russians to stage rallies under the catchy slogan "Not our Tsar".
In Moscow, Saint Petersburg and a number of Russian cities the rallies were not authorised and police used force to break up the protests, beating demonstrators with truncheons and dragging them along the ground.
In a new development that shocked many, police in Moscow were helped by pro-Putin activists dressed as Cossacks, a paramilitary class who served as tsarist cavalrymen in imperial Russia.
Amnesty International said its representatives saw the "Cossacks" pummel protesters with whips and fists as police looked on. Pavel Chikov, head of the Agora rights association, told AFP that several dozen people received injuries, mostly haematomas, and several of them turned to his group for help.
The youngest protester who turned to Agora, was 13 years old, he said.
In Moscow alone some 700 people-including journalists and minors-were detained and more than 200 people were held in Russia's second city Saint Petersburg, said OVD-Info, an independent monitor that tracks arrests.
The European Union expressed its dismay over the violence, saying it threatened the fundamental freedoms of expression and media.
"Even if some of the demonstrations were not authorised in the location where they took place, this cannot justify police brutality and mass arrests," said EU spokeswoman Maja Kocijancic on Saturday.
In Ukraine-where a popular uprising ousted a Kremlin-backed regime in 2012 -- the foreign ministry said on Sunday it was "especially outraged" by the illegal detention of young people and minors in Russia.
Pictures of riot police detaining minors-some apparently in their early teens-went viral on the Russian internet. Maxim Shevchenko, a member of the Kremlin's rights council, said those who pitted the paramilitary activists against the protesters should be held responsible.
"It is an emergency event," he told Echo of Moscow radio station.
"Let those officials who decided to use them say their names and answer to Muscovites for what essentially is bringing paramilitary armed units into the city."
Political observer and writer Viktor Shenderovich said that by using paramilitary groups to break up the Moscow rally the Russian authorities were testing a new tool-violence by proxy.
"Pitting one part of society against another one means that the authorities are looking at-and are already testing-civil war as an instrument of political manipulation," he wrote. "This is very, very serious."
Navalny, who was grabbed by police and carried away by his arms and legs shortly after he appeared in Moscow's packed Pushkin Square, was released shortly after midnight and now faces up to 30 days in prison, his lawyer said.

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