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Russian Opposition Leader Navalny Arrested as Thousands Protest Putin

Police charged Alexei Navalny with failing to follow orders and violating public order

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    Russian Opposition Leader Navalny Arrested as Thousands Protest Putin
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    Police detain a protester during a demonstration in downtown Moscow, Russia, Monday, June 12, 2017. Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, aiming to repeat the nationwide protests that rattled the Kremlin three months ago, was arrested on his way to the protest.

    As thousands of Russians protested against corruption, opposition leader Alexei Navalny was arrested on his way to join a demonstration, NBC News reported.

    Navalny, who police charged with failing to follow orders and violating public order, is hoping to use the demonstrations to grow his political campaign to unseat President Vladimir Putin in next year's elections.

    While the Kremlin has sought to characterize the opposition as a Westernized, urban and out-of-touch elite, protests occuring in far-flung parts of Siberia — where photos suggested a turnout of hundreds — could demonstrate significant support. Monday's status as a public holiday may also boost turnout.

    Navalny and over 1,000 others were arrested during a wave of rallies in March, which looked to target Putin ally and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev in the country's largest demonstrations since 2012.

    Across Russia, Protesters Rally Against Government

    [NATL] Across Russia, Protesters Rally Against Government

    In Moscow, St. Petersburg and other Russian cities on Sunday, people took to the streets to speak out against corruption and President Vladimir Putin in one of the largest protests in years. The actions were spurred by opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who was arrested in Moscow and will face 15 days in jail for resisting police.

    (Published Monday, March 27, 2017)