More than 1,600 arrested in anti-Putin protests across Russia


Russian police carry struggling opposition leader Alexei NavalnyRussian opposition leader Alexei Navalny and more than 1,600 anti-Kremlin activists have been detained by police during street protests against Vladimir Putin ahead of his inauguration for a fourth presidential term.

Key points:

  • Putin won a landslide re-election victory in March
  • He has been in power, either as president or prime minister, since 2000
  • Protests were reported across Russia including the far east and Siberia

Mr Navalny had called for people to take to the streets in more than 90 towns and cities across the country to register their opposition to what Mr Navalny said was Mr Putin’s autocratic Tsar-like rule.

Mr Putin won a landslide re-election victory in March, extending his grip over Russia for six more years until 2024, making him the longest-lasting leader since Soviet dictator Josef Stalin, who ruled for nearly 30 years.


via Russians arrested in anti-Putin protests ahead of presidential inauguration – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)