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Sunday of Protests
March 28, 2017 17:18

Hundreds of Russians were arrested after anti-corruption protests held on Sunday.


Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny, who is going to run in Russia's 2018 presidential elections, and Russia's Anti-Corruption Foundation accused the Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev of heading a corruption scheme with the help of charitable organizations managed by his friends. The investigation reveals that Dmitry  Medvedev owns several mansions, worth several million dollars each, while  other alleged holdings include two large plots of land in Krasnodar, an Italian vineyard, a residential building in the centre of St. Petersburg and two yachts. 

Sunday Rally 

Alexey Navalny initiated anti-corruption protests and was detained by police as soon as the rally started in the Russian capital. According to different sources, from 8,000 to 20,000 people gathered in Moscow and more than 10,000 in St. Petersburg. Anti-corruption rallies were also held in more than 80 towns and cities of Russia, although in many of them, including the Russian capital, demonstrators were not sanctioned.  Alexei Navalny was arrested for 15 days for civil disobedience, Leonid Volkov – for 10 days.

Younger generation

Sunday demonstrations showed the support that Alexey Navalny has in the society. This was the largest rally in the last 5 years.  What is more, for the first time it gathered teenagers and active citizens of younger generation who are not afraid to express their views.  There were schoolchildren and university students with signs and Russian flags. Some of them took part in a public rally after the death of Boris Nemtsov. Many of these teenagers were detained by police and not allowed to leave for the whole night. Several criminal cases of the use of violence against policemen were imitated in Russian cities. 

Federal Channels

None of the federal channels interrupted the planned programs to report on anti-corruption actions (including mass detentions), that took place in Moscow and dozens of cities across the country.

Author: Anna Dorozhkina

Tags: Alexey Navalny Boris Nemtsov    

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