Russian authorities have arrested a prominent community leader from the country's Circassian ethnic minority. The arrest took place on Friday night in the same province where the Winter Olympics are currently being held.

The detention of Asker Sokht follows the police roundup on February 7 in the southern city of Nalchik of dozens of Circassian activists who tried to hold a protest denouncing the Winter Olympics.

Russian officials could not be reached on Sunday to comment on Sokht's arrest.

But the detention of a leader widely perceived as a moderate, who often defended Russian government policy, has…

Johnna Romie

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