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Russian police detain more than 70 over opposition protests - monitor

MOSCOW, Aug 10 (Reuters) - Russian police detained 72 people on Saturday over opposition protests staged in several cities, the OVD-Info protest monitor said on social media.

Tens of thousands of Muscovites staged Russia's biggest political protest for years on Saturday, rallying to demand free city elections in spite of a government crackdown.

The monitor said 55 people had been detained in St Petersburg, 10 in Moscow and seven in Roston-on-Don. (Reporting by Maria Kiselyova; writing by Tom Balmforth; Editing by Janet Lawrence )