A police convoy escort two buses with tinted windows leaving the high-security prison of Lefortovo on Sept. 7, 2019 in Moscow as a long-awaited exchange of prisoners between Moscow and Kyiv has begun today, a day after Russian President said for the first time the “large-scale” prisoner exchange with Ukraine was being finalised.

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Police in Russia’s Siberian region of Buryatia have detained 17 activists who have been challenging mayoral election results for days.

Local police said that the activists were detained in the early hours of September 12 after they refused to leave a bus parked near the central square in the regional capital, Ulan-Ude, where they spent the night before resuming their protest after sunrise.

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