Russia jails protests leader Alexei Navalny for 15 days

Russian Federation has denounced as a "provocation" the recent anti-corruption protests organized by opposition leader Alexei Navalny in the country's capital, Moscow, and several other cities.

"Underage participants of the rally in Moscow were promised monetary awards in case of their detention by law enforcement officers", Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists in a conference call.

A series of anti-corruption protests swept through Russian Federation on Sunday, leading to the arrest of hundreds of demonstrators, including top Kremlin critic Alexey Navalny.

More than 600 people were detained during Sunday's unauthorized rally in Moscow, the city's regional security department said. Similar protests were held in cities across Russian Federation.

Russian police say about 500 people were arrested in the protests on Sunday (Monday NZT), but a human rights group published a list of detainees that has more than 1000 names.

She said the claims were pre-election posturing by Mr Navalny, who is hoping to stand against Mr Putin in next year's elections.

Tens of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets in Russian Federation on Sunday in nationwide protests against government corruption - the country's largest anti-government protest in several years.

The same court fined Navalny 20,000 roubles ($352.20) earlier on Monday for his role in organising the protest, which the authorities said was illegal.

"We call on the Russian authorities to abide fully by the global commitments it has made, including in the Council of Europe.to uphold these rights and to release without delay the peaceful demonstrators that have been detained", it added.

The German government has criticized the arrest of hundreds of opposition protesters in Moscow and other Russian cities. They attracted a significant number of minors born during President Vladimir Putin's 17 years in power. Following the sweeping arrests, the European Union and United States called on authorities to release the demonstrators.

"We have all seen the movie, it gives specific examples of corruption, and there has been no reaction", Nikolai Moisey, a 26-year-old factory worker, said of the claims against Medvedev.

A Moscow court ruled on Monday that Navalny was guilty of resisting police and violating the law on public rallies.

In a statement, the European External Action Service (EEAS) said the detained citizens, including opposition leader Alexei Navalny should be released as they had the right to gather peacefully and to free speech.

State media broadly ignored Sunday's protests.

  • Leroy Wright