Moscow - Supporters of the Russian political opposition conducted an unsanctioned protest march through central Moscow on Saturday, a week before controversial elections.
The rally was the latest in a wave of weekend protests that erupted last month after several opposition candidates were rejected from the ballot for the September 8 city council elections.
More than 2,000 people have been detained at the protests. Police have come under fire for their heavy-handed approach to the demonstrations.
Saturday's demonstration began with a remarkably light police presence.
"Russia will be free," protesters chanted as they marched through Moscow's Boulevard Ring, a main thoroughfare across the city centre.