01/21/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Moscow Riot Police Flown In To Smash Protests Against Car Tariffs In Vladivostok

Riot police flown in from Moscow clubbed, kicked and arrested dozens of people in Russia's Far East today as hundreds across the country demonstrated against an increase in car import tariffs.

Officers held around 200 people -- including several reporters -- as up to 1,000 demonstrators protested for a second day running in Vladivostok. About 200 others rallied in Moscow in support.

Inflation, rising unemployment and a slide in the rouble have driven discontent and the Kremlin fears the deteriorating economic situation could lead to public unrest.

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