As Protests Sweep Russia, Top Putin Critic Is Arrested

Russians protesting Medvedev's reported ill-gotten riches
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 26, 2017 1:07 PM CDT
As Protests Sweep Russia, Top Putin Critic Is Arrested
A detained protester looks out of a police bus window with a red sticker reading "Navalny" in downtown Moscow, Russia, Sunday, March 26, 2017.   (AP Photo/Denis Tyrin)

(Newser) – Protests against Kremlin corruption swept across Russia on Sunday, with thousands gathering in one Moscow square alone where opposition leader Alexei Navalny was arrested, reports CNN. Navalny sought to downplay his arrest—though between 100 and 200 were said to have been detained—tweeting, "Today we are discussing (and condemning) corruption, not the detentions. Well, I was detained. So what. It ok. There are things in life that are worth being detained for." At issue is a report from Navalny's group that claims PM Dmitry Medvedev has collected riches that include yachts, mansions, vineyards, and a widely mocked house for raising ducks. "Navalny has united people who think the same; that people don't agree with the authorities is obvious from what is going on in the country today," one 19-year-old protester tells the AP. "I am a bit scared." (Read more Alexei Navalny stories.)

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