Reuters: Putin critic Navalny jailed after protests across Russia
Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny was handed a 15-day jail sentence on Monday for his part in a big anti-government protest in Moscow which buoyed the liberal opposition's morale a year before a presidential election.
Sunday's protest and others like it across Russia were estimated to be the largest since 2012 and foreshadow a presidential election which Vladimir Putin is expected to contest.
Opinion polls suggest Navalny, who hopes to run against Putin, has little chance of unseating the Russian leader, who enjoys high ratings. But Navalny and his supporters hope to channel public discontent over corruption to get more support.
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WNU Editor: Everyone was surprised by how large and how widespread these anti-corruption protests were in Russia this past weekend. Even though calls for people to turn out was widespread throughout Russian social media .... the expectation was that only a few cities would be involved, and only a few hundred protesters (here and there) would show up. Everyone was wrong .... the media, pundits, and local authorities .... no one expected the turnout that actually happened .... and I will admit that even I was surprised. But it is the Kremlin that is the most surprised .... taking 24 hours to respond via through state media ... and they are now hitting their critics hard. What`s my prediction for the future .... this Russian anti-corruption movement is going to grow because it hits every Russian .... and more to the point .... everyone knows that it is true. As to what is my favourite corruption story, it is this one .... In Two Years Russian President Putin's Son-In-Law Became A Billionaire (December 31, 2015).
More News On This Weekend`s Anti-Corruption Protests In Russia
Unauthorized opposition protest was provocation, rally organizers lied to activists – Kremlin -- RT
Kremlin airs its views on 'mass protests' in Russia -- TASS
Kremlin dismisses vast Russia protests as ‘provocation’ by activist Navalny -- Washington Post
Kremlin livid as generation born under Putin flocks to protests -- AFP
Aleksei Navalny, Russian Opposition Leader, Receives 15-Day Sentence -- New York Times
Russian protest leader Alexei Navalny gets 15 days in jail -- AP
Russia jails protests leader Alexei Navalny for 15 days -- BBC
Kremlin critic Navalny gets 15 days in jail after protest -- AFP
Vladimir Putin critic Alexei Navalny jailed after protests across Russia -- ABC News Online
Navalny fined $350 for staging unauthorized rally, gets 15 days in jail for resisting arrest -- RT
Russia Opposition Figure Navalny Jailed for 15 Days Over Disobedience to Police -- Sputnik
Opposition figure Navalny fined $350 for unauthorized rally in downtown Moscow -- TASS
Opposition leader Alexei Navalny jailed for 15 days -- Al Jazeera
EU, U.S. condemn 600 detentions at Moscow anti-corruption rally -- UPI
EU urges Russia to free detained protesters -- DW
US calls for release of detained participants in unsanctioned rallies across Russia -- TASS
France concerned by Russian demonstration arrests -- Reuters
Russia’s Protests Explained: Why Rubber Ducks, Sneakers Are at Demonstrations -- Alexey Eremenko, NBC
Profile: Alexei Navalny, opposition leader -- Al Jazeera