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Russian Opposition Leader Arrested During Anti-Putin Rally

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Jacob Bojesson Foreign Correspondent
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Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was among hundreds of people who got arrested Sunday during anti-corruption protests across the country.

Some 500 people were detained for taking part in illegal protests in Russia. Demonstrators called for the resignation of Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev over corruption charges. The marches are believed to be the largest in Russia since 2012. (RELATED: People Who Oppose Putin STILL Ending Up Dead In The Streets)

Demonstrators shouted “Down with [Russian President Vladimir] Putin!,” “Russia without Putin!” and “Putin is a thief!”

Navalny, leader of the liberal opposition, took part in an unsanctioned rally in Moscow before he was detained.

“I’m happy that so many people came out [onto the streets] from the east [of the country] to Moscow,” Navalny said before his arrest, according to Reuters.

Navalny urged people to continue on with the rallies after his detention.

“Guys, I’m fine. No need to fight to get me out. Walk along Tverskaya [Moscow main street]. Our topic of the day is the fight against corruption,” Navalny said, according to BBC.

Navalny orchestrated the protests after releasing a report where he accuses Medvedev of corruption. Medvedev’s spokeswoman called the accusations “propagandistic attacks,” according to BBC.

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