Moscow braces for anti-corruption protests

The Moscow protest was the most prominent in a string of more than 100 rallies in cities and towns stretching through all 11 of Russia's time zones - from the Pacific to the European enclave of Kaliningrad - with many denouncing President Vladimir Putin.

Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny has been awarded 30 days administrative arrest, and more than 1,500 of his supporters were apprehended after anti-corruption demonstrations across the country on Monday, worldwide media reported.

Navalny, who is running what he says is a campaign for Russia's presidential elections in 2018, has attracted a substantial following online through his exposés of official graft, using his own YouTube channel to circumvent official state media from which he is effectively barred. And many on social media have pointed out that the majority of protesters appear to be teenagers, many of them teenage girls. "People are not afraid".

OVD-Info, an independent NGO, said that 825 people had been detained at the protest in the capital. At one point, the Moscow demonstration featured an unlikely scene of about 5,000 protesters rallying next to an enclosure with geese, a medieval catapult and bearded men in homemade tunics and carrying wooden shields.

Reuters witnesses saw a police vehicle leaving Navalny's apartment compound at high speed, followed a few minutes later by a minibus carrying around 10 policemen.

Navalny's spokeswoman Kira Yarmysh announced on Twitter that electricity in Navalny's office was cut off.

Baton-wielding riot police broke up an anti-government demonstration in Moscow on Monday and arrested over a hundred protesters after detaining Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny as he tried to leave his home. Police said later he had been detained for violating the laws on rallies and disobeying a police officer.

Information appeared on the Internet that unknown persons were collecting personal data - personal pension account numbers - from those who went to Sakharov Avenue, (they were in a minority). "There is so much evidence that our officials are stealing with impunity".

The petite, soft-spoken woman said she used to support Russian President Vladimir Putin. Medvedev has denied the allegations, telling Russian news agency TASS in April that they were "hodge-podge".

"I'm not afraid if I get detained", Dima said.

Prominent Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny has been jailed for 30 days by a court in Russian Federation after authorities accused him of helping to organise public protests.

Those protests were the largest since a wave of anti-Kremlin demonstrations in 2012 and resulted in over 1,000 arrests. Navalny was sentenced to 30 days in jail, according to the Associated Press.

Navalny urged protesters to come to Tverskaya Street instead.

The area of Tverskaya Street near where Navalny's supporters congregated was hosting an officially organized festival, with actors re-enacting periods of Russian history.

However, opinion polls suggest he would stand little chance of beating Mr Putin, who continues to enjoy favourable ratings. It is unclear too if the Kremlin will even let Navalny run for the presidency.

Thousands of people came out in cities across Russian Federation to take part in protests that had been called by Aleksei Navalny, an anti-corruption campaigner who has expressed interest in running for president.

According to RT, over 150 people were detained for "breaching public order", the Moscow police said, adding that around 1,800 people, showed up at the original location on Sakharova Street, and the demonstration concluded without any major incidents.

  • Leroy Wright