Russian police have detained about 150 opposition politicians and activists taking part in a meeting in Moscow, the organisers of the "United Democrats" forum say.
Police detain more than 3,000 in Moscow and other cities, says a monitoring group, as tens of thousands of supporters of jailed Kremlin critic take to streets following his call to protest against President Vladimir Putin's rule.
Demonstrators were rallying against the exclusion of several opposition candidates from the ballot for this fall's Moscow council elections.
The crocodile was found in the basement of the building in which a military re-enactment enthusiast lived and kept his apparently illegal historical weapons cache.
Russian police kill attacker who stabbed eight people on the streets of Surgut.
Alexei Navalny, a strong critic of Putin and Medvedev, called Russians to the streets to protest alleged government corruption. Around 1,700 of them ended up being detained.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel met with Russian President Vladimir Putin on her first visit to Russia since Ukraine's Crimean peninsula was annexed by Moscow.
The suspect is believed to have trained the suicide bomber who blew up a subway car in central St Petersburg on April 3, leaving 14 people dead.
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