Kremlin Defends 'justified' Police Response To Protests
"We believe the firm action of law enforcement to curb public unrest was absolutely justified," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.
"We do not agree with those who call what is happening a political crisis." Since mid-July tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets of Moscow demanding free elections after the exclusion of several opposition figures from local polls next month.
Police detained hundreds after a huge rally on Saturday and nearly 1,400 at a protest late last month.
Some protesters were injured in the crackdown.
"Law enforcement agencies are fulfilling their duties and do everything necessary to ensure security during sanctioned rallies," Peskov said.
Putin has not commented on the Moscow protests.