Hundreds arrested across Russia after thousands take to streets in protest
- Police reported detaining some 500 protesters in the largest anti-Kremlin demonstrations since 2012, including a Guardian journalist and opposition leader Alexei Navalny.
- Numbering as high as in the tens of thousands, protesters rallied against government corruption and called for the resignation of Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.
- Polls indicate Putin, who enjoys high approval ratings in Russia, is unlikely to be unseated as many expect a bid for a fourth term.
“Russian police detain opposition leader, hundreds of protesters” (Reuters | March 2017)
“Russia just had its biggest unsanctioned protests in years and hundreds are now in jail” (The Washington Post | March 2017)
“Hundreds detained as opposition activists hold protests in several Russian cities” (RT | March 2017)
(Image Credit: Maxim Shemetov/RT)