ST. PETERSBURG, October 21 (Itar-Tass) - Police in St. Petersburg on Monday detained over 90 people for taking part in an unsanctioned nationalist march on Nevskiy Prospekt and for violating public order in the city on Sunday, a source at the Russian Interior Ministry department for St. Petersburg and the Leningrad region told Itar-Tass on Monday.
“Police thwarted several attempts to violate public order in the city and detained more than 90 people. More than half of them were under age. Police confiscated pneumatic pistols, petards, knives and masks from the detainees,” the source went on to say.
Police detained eight people who held an unauthorized march on Nevsky Prospekt, St. Petersburg’s central street, after an unsanctioned nationalistic rally on Marsovo Polye (the Field of Mars). The nationalists hurt several people of non-Slavic appearance on Nevsky Prospekt.
A day earlier, on Sunday evening, police thwarted an attempt of aggressive youth to stage riots at the Apraksin Yard, the biggest merchandize market downtown St.Petersburg where a large number of work migrants is concentrated.
“A group of thirty young people tried to violate public order,” a police representative said. The incident took place not far from Gostinnyi Dvor where about 150-200 young people had gathered on Sunday evening. The crowd started to disperse after policemen and OMON riot police arrived at the spot,” the police source said.