Moscow: Russian police encountering protests arrested about 150 people, including two prominent opposition figures who were trying to take part in an anti-government protest in Moscow and St Petersburg on Friday.
The arrest was in connection with a demonstration at Triumfalnaya Square in the city centre, police spokesman Viktor Biryukov told a news agency.

Eduard Limonov, a leader of the Other Russia movement, was among those taken into custody.

In St. Petersburg, police said that they arrested about 100 people, including Boris Nemtsov, a former deputy prime minister who has become one of the country's most visible opposition figures.

Demonstrators in Moscow unfurled an anti-government banner and also chanted "Russia without Putin”.

The demonstrations were the latest in a series of protests that Russian opposition figures call at the end of every month with 31 days. The number corresponds with Article 31 of the Russian Constitution, which guarantees freedom of assembly.

However, Russian authorities don’t give permission for demonstrations and harshly break up any unsanctioned gatherings.