As pro-Pussy Riot supporters gather in protest around the world, protesters in Moscow, including former chess champion Garry Kasparov, have been arrested by Russian police.
Three members of punk group Pussy Riot were found guilty on charges of hooliganism inside a Moscow cathedral on Friday. Police swooped in on protesters outside the Khamonivchesky courthouse, aggressively arresting 30 demonstrators including opposition leaders Garry Kasparov and Sergei Udaltsov, the Moscow Times reported.
Kasparov's Facebook page confirms his arrest and an entry reads "We just spoke to Garry on the phone. He is at the police station. He was beaten but says he is okay. He isn't sure what will happen next. It seems the police are waiting for orders from above. He says he was standing calmly speaking with journalists when police pushed through and grabbed him."
Reporters outside the packed courtroom reported a crush of people gathered, "dangerous to one's health."