Reuters: Russian police detain opposition leader, hundreds of protesters
Police detained hundreds of protesters across Russia on Sunday, including opposition leader Alexei Navalny, after thousands took to the streets to demonstrate against corruption and demand the resignation of Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.
The protests, reckoned to be the biggest since a wave of anti-Kremlin demonstrations in 2011/2012, come a year before a presidential election that Vladimir Putin is expected to contest, running for what would be a fourth term.
Opinion polls suggest the liberal opposition, which Navalny represents, has little chance of fielding a candidate capable of unseating Putin, who enjoys high ratings. But Navalny and his supporters hope to channel public discontent over official corruption to attract more support.
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WNU editor: These protests are aimed at Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. Recent reports on Dmitry Medvedev's personal wealth and numerous homes have been circulating on Russian social media for the past few months .... and they are not flattering. As to why the protests are happening now .... everyone is focused on next year's presidential elections, and while the expectation is that Putin and Medvedev will win another term .... this corruption scandal is galvanising the opposition against Putin, and more importantly it is putting a spotlight on an issue that is resonating with much of the Russian population, and it is one that Putin cannot ignore or defend.
More News On Today's Anti-Corruption Protests Throughout Russia
Nationwide protests bring thousands to Russia's streets -- AP
Protesters Gather in 99 Cities Across Russia; Top Putin Critic Is Arrested -- New York Times
Russian police arrest anti-corruption leader Navalny, hundreds more in nationwide rallies -- Washington Post
Russia protests: Opposition leader Navalny and hundreds others arrested -- BBC
Russian police detain hundreds of protesters, including Alexei Navalny -- DW
Russia protests: Police arrest hundreds of anti-corruption demonstrators as thousands take to streets -- The Independent
Hundreds arrested in Russian anti-corruption protests -- ABC News
Report: Hundreds arrested at anti-corruption protests in Russia -- CNN
U.S. Condemns Arrest of Russian Opposition Leader Alexei Navalny -- NBC
Thousands take to streets in opposition rallies across Russia (VIDEOS, PHOTOS) -- RT
Hundreds detained at unsanctioned opposition rally in central Moscow (VIDEOS, PHOTOS) -- RT
Russian Opposition Figure Navalny Detained in Moscow Amid Unlicensed Protest -- Sputnik
Russian Opposition Figure Navalny to Face Court Over Unlicensed Rally -- Sputnik
Russian Youth From Moscow to Siberia Slam ‘Putin the Thief’ -- Anna Nemtsova, Daily Beast