Tens of thousands took to the streets across Russia, calling for the release of opposition leader Alexei Navalny. Protesters urging others to join shared photos and videos on social media faster than they could be removed.
Analysis: Vladimir Putin remains in firm control of the levers of power. But Russians unhappy with their president suddenly have a clear leader around whom to rally, and the government appears unsure about how to fight back.
The protests that swept Russia in support of Alexei Navalny this weekend were among the largest in recent years. Security forces detained more than 3,500 people—the largest number in at least nine years, according to independent monitors.
Police detained more than 3,000 people and used force to break up rallies across Russia as tens of thousands of protesters ignored extreme cold and police warnings to demand the release of Putin critic Alexei Navalny
Police crack down on Russian protests against jailing of Kremlin foe Navalny
Police detained more than 3,000 people and used force to break up rallies across Russia on Saturday as tens of thousands of protesters ignored extreme cold and police warnings to demand the release of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny.
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