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Demonstrators plan rally for jailed Russian opposition leader
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Source: CNN International

Thousands planned to rally Thursday in central Moscow to protest the detention of Russian opposition activist Sergey Udaltsov, Russia's RIA Novosti news agency reported.

About 3,000 people say they may attend, according to the event's Facebook page, although Udaltsov's wife Anastasia said city hall had refused to give permission for it.

Udaltsov, the leader of the opposition Leftist Front movement, had his 15-day detention extended by another 10 days on Sunday, RIA Novosti said. He was arrested on December 4 for not serving out the full term of his previous administrative detention and escaping from hospital, according to the news agency.

Udaltsov is staging a hunger strike in protest of his detention and has been hospitalized twice during it, RIA Novosti reported. He was taken to the hospital again after his term was extended.

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