The principal opposition to #Vladimir Putin’s regime was today arrested. Alexei Navalny ( @navalny ) the head of the russian opposition was promoting one of the rallys organized nationwide.
Thousands of people asked for the resignment of the Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev over corruption allegations.
TV images show thousands of people shouting, Down with Putin ! Putin is a thief!
Can this be the beginning of a change in Russia?
Navalny said staff at his office had also been detained for streaming the protests live online without permission.
Demonstrations were also held in Saint Petersburg, Vladivostok, Novosibirsk, Tomsk and several other cities, where arrests had also been reported.
From the 99 cities that were asked permission 71 denied.
Students were warned not to attend the rally, regarding on their safety.
Correspondents say the marches appear to be the biggest since anti-government demonstrations in 2011/2012.
Alexey Navalny (@navalny ) is the biggest opposition to Putin’s and his intention to run for president in 2018 against Vladimir Putin. But he is barred from doing so after Alexei Navalny announced his intention to run for president in 2018.
But he is barred from doing so after being found guilty in a case he said was politicised a case he said was politicised.
Alex Navalni twitter account: @navalny (That btw has been apparently closed, when i started writing it was on, but somehow 1hour later it’s off? Strange thing…)