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.

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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.

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

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

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