About 25 people reportedly have been arrested in Moscow on New Year's Eve for trying to hold an unsanctioned protest. The gathering at Triumphalnaya Square in central Moscow on Monday attracted 50 to 100 people; the Interfax news agency cited activists as saying about 25 people were taken into custody.
For about two years, activists have tried to rally on the 31st of each month with that many days, a reference to Article 31 of the Russian constitution that guarantees free assembly. Authorities routinely deny permission for the demonstrations. (AP)