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The gatherings, which police have declared illegal, are the first by Mr Navalny's supporters since he was arrested last weekend on his return to Moscow, after spending five months in Germany recovering from novichok poisoning.
More than 1,600 people have been detained across Russia because of the protests, according to monitoring group OVD-INFO.
It comes after thousands took part in rallies and marches in Yekaterinburg, Irkutsk, Izhevsk, Nizhny Novgorod, Arkhangelsk and other cities in Russia's east, where, it is claimed, protests are the biggest for some years.
originally posted by: strongfp
a reply to: gortex
The era of Putin is coming to an end. And I imagine it won't go smoothly.
originally posted by: gortex
a reply to: Zcustosmorum
And something else I just noticed, not sure where the figures are from, but I doubt there was even a thousand protesters, let alone that many arrested.
I guess the figures are compiled from the multiple protests around the Country.
OVD Info, an independent NGO that monitors rallies, said about 2,800 people had been detained, more than 1,000 of them in Moscow alone. The Kremlin has not commented.
At least 40,000 people joined a rally in central Moscow, Reuters news agency estimated. Observers say this was the largest protest in the capital since the demonstrations of 2019. But Russia's interior ministry put the number of protesters at 4,000.
originally posted by: CriticalStinker
a reply to: Vasa Croe
Speaking of spreading the wealth, Putin is rumored to be one of the richest men in the world.
Now, I'm not against someone being successful and building up their net worth, but Putin has been a career politician (slash "public servant")... So it's a bit suspicious how he allegedly made it into the top ten of the world.
I'm not Russian, so I don't know what the majority Russian sentiment is... I know my opinion is formed from long games of telephone and recognize that, but it does seem Putin is a few shades past fishy.
In Moscow the BBC's Sarah Rainsford says protesters played cat-and-mouse with police, getting up close to officers before retreating to safety. Police snatch squads pulled some protesters through the lines of riot shields. Footage showed a stream of people being escorted on to buses by riot police.
Protesters then attempted to reach the Matrosskaya Tishina prison where Mr Navalny is being held.
Mr Navalny's wife, Yulia Navalnaya, was among those detained at Sunday's protest, Mr Navalny's team said. Earlier she posted a picture of herself on the way to the rally.
Police say the protests are illegal and Russian authorities have warned that the demonstrations could spread the coronavirus.
A 40-year-old protester in Moscow told Reuters: "I understand that I live in a totally lawless state. In a police state, with no independent courts. In a country ruled by corruption. I would like to live differently," she said.
In St Petersburg, Mr Putin's home city, a crowd gathered in a central square and chanted: "Down with the Tsar."