MOSCOW – A Russian animal rights activist has been detained in central Moscow after he and two others protested the country's policy of killing stray dogs in Sochi.
Three activists unfurled a banner near Red Square on Saturday that read "Bloody Olympics" and depicted a puppy covered in blood. A policeman approached and pulled the banner out of the activists' hands, and one man was detained while the other two fled.
A year before the Sochi Olympics, municipal authorities announced a contract to "catch and dispose" of strays — a move that animal rights activists have vehemently protested. While authorities pledged to give up the practice, companies have been hired to continue killing the dogs throughout the games, which started Friday and end Feb. 23.