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Police detain a protester during an unsanctioned protest in Moscow after Alexei Navalny was found guilty of fraud and given a suspended sentence (AP Photo/Denis Tyrin)

Police detain a protester during an unsanctioned protest in Moscow after Alexei Navalny was found guilty of fraud and given a suspended sentence (AP Photo/Denis Tyrin)

Police detain a protester during an unsanctioned protest in Moscow after Alexei Navalny was found guilty of fraud and given a suspended sentence (AP Photo/Denis Tyrin)

Eighteen protesters, including members of the punk provocateur band Pussy Riot, have been detained in Moscow after spending the night near Red Square.

Pussy Riot member Maria Alekhina said on Twitter that she and other protesters who stayed the night near the famous Moscow landmark were arrested by police early today.

Activists at the OVD Info group said 18 people were taken to a nearby police station.

A few thousand people rallied outside Red Square yesterday in the boldest anti-government demonstration in years to protest against the court conviction of opposition leader Alexei Navalny and his brother. Police allowed the protesters to stay for about two hours before dispersing the crowd.

OVD Info said more than 200 people were also arrested yesterday although many were later released.

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