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Moscow demonstrators want to tell Putin: Don't run again

  • Police officers stand guard at a square in anticipation of protests in downtown Moscow, Russia, Saturday, April 29, 2017. Regular police and riot police are positioned in central Moscow waiting for protests called for by the opposition movement Open Russia to oppose president Putin's run for the 2018 presidential elections in Russia. In the background, the monument to Cyril and Methodius, founders of the Cyrillic alphabet. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

    Police officers stand guard at a square in anticipation of protests in downtown Moscow, Russia, Saturday, April 29, 2017. Regular police and riot police are positioned in central Moscow waiting for protests called for by the opposition movement Open Russia to oppose president Putin's run for the 2018 presidential elections in Russia. In the background, the monument to Cyril and Methodius, founders of the Cyrillic alphabet. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)  (The Associated Press)

  • Police arrive at a square in anticipation of protests in downtown Moscow, Russia, Saturday, April 29, 2017. Regular police and riot police are positioned in central Moscow waiting for protests called for by the opposition movement Open Russia to oppose president Putin's run for the 2018 presidential elections in Russia. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

    Police arrive at a square in anticipation of protests in downtown Moscow, Russia, Saturday, April 29, 2017. Regular police and riot police are positioned in central Moscow waiting for protests called for by the opposition movement Open Russia to oppose president Putin's run for the 2018 presidential elections in Russia. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)  (The Associated Press)

  • Policemen detain a participant of an unauthorised rally in St. Petersburg, Russia, Saturday, April 29, 2017. A poster reads 'Putin, you can retire!'. A few dozens protesters were detained by police in St. Petersburg during a protests called for by the opposition movement Open Russia to oppose president Putin's run for the 2018 presidential elections in Russia. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)

    Policemen detain a participant of an unauthorised rally in St. Petersburg, Russia, Saturday, April 29, 2017. A poster reads 'Putin, you can retire!'. A few dozens protesters were detained by police in St. Petersburg during a protests called for by the opposition movement Open Russia to oppose president Putin's run for the 2018 presidential elections in Russia. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)  (The Associated Press)

Several hundred demonstrators are gathered in a Moscow park, trying to move to the nearby presidential administration building to present letters calling on President Vladimir Putin not to run for a fourth term in office in 2018..

The demonstration is one of about two dozen called for Saturday by Open Russia, an organization founded by Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the Putin critic and former oil tycoon who spent a decade behind bars before being pardoned in 2013.

The Moscow gathering was not sanctioned by officials, but there were no immediate reports of arrest. An Associated Press reporter at a similar demonstration in St. Petersburg saw about a dozen arrests and the OVD-Info group that monitors political repression said 16 people were detained in the Siberian city of Kemerovo.