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Russian opposition leader under house arrest

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Russian opposition leader Sergei Udaltsov gestures in a courtroom in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013. Udaltsov, a top Russian opposition figure, has been placed under house arrest for two months, a move that also bans him from using most forms of communication, including the Internet, telephone and mail. A Moscow court imposed the restrictions Saturday on Udaltsov who faces charges in connection with a protest in 2011 that ended in clashes with police and for allegedly plotting to conduct mass disorder which according to prosecutors was aimed at overthrowing the government. (AP Photo/Mikhail Metzel)

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By The Associated Press
Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, 9:27 p.m.
 

MOSCOW — A top Russian opposition figure has been placed under house arrest for two months — a move that also bans him from using most forms of communication, including the Internet, telephone and mail.

A Moscow court imposed the restrictions Saturday on Sergei Udaltsov because prosecutors complained he had violated an agreement not to leave Moscow.

Udaltsov, one of the most prominent figures of the wave of protests that arose in late 2011, allegedly plotted to conduct mass disorder aimed at overthrowing the government.

Since Vladimir Putin returned to the Russian presidency in May, authorities have cracked down on opposition, and protests have diminished in frequency and size.

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