MOSCOW -- Police in Moscow have detained at least two dozen people as they protested outside the Russian Parliament against a bill that would raise fines 200-fold for taking part in unsanctioned rallies.
The Kremlin-controlled parliament is expected to approve the law on Tuesday.
Opposition leaders say the law would also exacerbate tensions in Russian society and leave the public with no free leeway of expressing their discontent.
More than 20 activists, including the leader of the opposition Yabloko party, were detained Tuesday morning outside the State Duma for holding an unsanctioned gathering.
Some of them were released shortly afterwards.
The Associated Press