Police officers detain a man, suspected of being an anti-government protester, in the centre of Moscow, Russia November 5, 2017. REUTERS/Tatyana Makeyeva

It has been a busy Unity Day weekend for police in Moscow, the public holiday that has superceded the original Soviet Union’s October 1917 celebrations marking the triumph of the Communist revolution. With the centenary this year plenty of groups have chosen to march, many of them on the far-right and ultra-nationalist critics of President Vladimir Putin. Russian security services said on Sunday they had detained 263 people in the centre of Moscow for breach of public order.

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