Navalny argues that he was forced to call people to another unauthorised rally, claiming that no firm would supply a stage, screens or speakers for the protest he had been given permission for. Among those arrested was opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who organized the protests held in the center of Moscow. Moscow's interior ministry office said around 4,500 people had taken part there.
Navalny's websitereported on Monday that protests were held in more than half a dozen cities in the Far East, including the major Pacific ports of Vladivostok and Khabarovsk and in Siberia's Barnaul.
Amnesty International spoke to an eyewitness who described scenes of mass beatings by police in Moscow, as well as police cordons obstructing people's movement and vehicles lined up ready to arrest protesters. There were no immediate reports of injuries.
Hundreds of protesters had been also detained during the March rallies against corruption.
But on the eve of the demonstration, Navalny issued a video message calling for protesters to instead come to the city's main avenue, Tverskaya, a broad, four-lane thoroughfare.
Medvedev dismissed Navalny's allegations as politically motivated "nonsense" and called the opposition politician a muck-raking charlatan.
The protests coincided with Russia Day, a national holiday that this year brought out historical re-enacters, some of them dressed in medieval costumes. The authorities characterized this move as a provocation and a call to unlawful assembly.
Anti-corruption rallies nonetheless took place all over Russian Federation leading to hundreds of arrests of demonstrators and clashes with riot police.
An unlikely object of dispute emerged at the St. Petersburg demonstration: As Russian journalist Arseny Vesnin and others noted, a giant yellow duck was among those detained by police, after being batted around in the air by the crowd.
Russian Interior Ministry buses and cars are parked along the Tverskaya street in downtown Moscow, Russia, Monday, June 12, 2017.
A rally in Novosibirsk, Russia's third-largest city that's nearly 3,000 kilometres east of the capital, brought out about 5,000 people, local organiser Sergey Boyko said on Navalny's YouTube broadcast.
Navalny was arrested at his block of flats before he could even make his way to the protest.
Navalny's Fund for Fighting Corruption had been providing updates on protests throughout the country Monday. And more senior interlocutors journalist complained that corruption has deprived them opportunities in life.
Roman, a 19-year-old student, said Navalny's campaign against official corruption had struck a chord. In the film, Medvedev was accused of benefiting from the transfer of at least $1.2 billion in funds and assets to organizations controlled by people close to the Putin ally. "We have to stand up for our rights". In the months leading up to Russia's presidential election, Navalny has amped up his protesting against Russian prime minister Dmitry Medvedev and corruption in the Kremlin.
Social media drew many young adults to the protests. Because of this, Navalny's feed on You Tube has become a popular source for news for Russia's younger, web-savvy generation.
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