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Russian police detain Putin critic Navalny, scores of protesters held

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Baton-wielding riot police broke up an anti-government demonstration in Moscow on Monday and arrested scores of protesters after detaining Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny as he tried to leave his home.

Several thousand protesters, including many young people, crowded central Moscow at Navalny's behest chanting "Russia without Putin" and "Russia will be free".

Navalny, who is mounting a long-shot bid to unseat Putin in a presidential election next year, had called for mass protests in Moscow and other cities against what he says is a corrupt system of rule overseen by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The Kremlin has repeatedly dismissed those allegations and accused Navalny of trying irresponsibly to whip up unrest.

"Corruption is stealing our future," read one placard next to an image of a yellow duck, a reference to a duck house which Navalny said Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev owned on a vast country estate, an allegation Medvedev says is "nonsense."

Reuters witnesses saw more than 100 people arrested in central Moscow. Dozens of protesters were also detained at a similar demonstration in St Petersburg, a Reuters witness said.



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Over 1,000 people detained as police fire tear gas at protesters shouting 'Putin is a thief' during anti-corruption rallies across Russia after opposition leader is arrested

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was arrested on Monday in Moscow

He was taken into custody on his way to an unsanctioned protest demonstration

Moscow authorities had agreed to a location for a protest rally in the capital, but Navalny at the last minute called changing it to one of Moscow's main streets

After the change, police warned 'any provocative actions' would lead to arrest

Navalny could face 15 days in jail for failing to follow police orders, officials said 


More than 1,000 protesters across Russia as thousands responded to a call by opposition leader Alexei Navalny to hold a anti-corruption demonstrations, according to witnesses at the scene. 

Pepper spray has been used on protesters shouting 'Putin is a thief' in central Moscow, as other confrontations took place in St Petersburg and elsewhere around Russia.

Navalny was arrested earlier in the day as he tried to leave his home in Moscow ahead of the planned anti-Kremlin protests, his wife Kira Yarmysh said, but she called for the demonstration to go ahead all the same.   



What's behind all of this? I'm not that familiar with internal Russian politics. 

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1 minute ago, thedudeabides said:

Odd because Putin brought prosperity to that country. 

Soreass again? He's been trying to bring Russia down for years. Putin hates him. 

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6 minutes ago, Cinnamon said:

Soreass again? He's been trying to bring Russia down for years. Putin hates him. 


The Russian people love Putin.  There are people eating and wearing shoes today who didn't know what shoes were 10 years ago in Russia. 

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