Russian opposition leader under house arrest

| 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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