Russian Police Arrest Opposition Leader Navalny at Moscow Protest

In this photo provided by Evgeny Feldman, Alexei Navalny is detained by police in downtown Moscow, March 26, 2017

MOSCOW — Russian protesters have demonstrated by the thousands in cities across the country in support of a call by Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny for accountability among Russian elite. Over a hundred people were detained around Moscow’s Pushkin square, including Navalny, for protesting without permission.

“This is an important event! We came here to express our position as citizens,” said one protester who just gave her first name-Alina. “We came to remain citizens of our country.”

“By my presence here, I stand against the corruption of the incumbent power,” said another protester who only gave his first name-Maxim. “The authorities do not feel like talking to their people, they communicate only through force-applying methods.”

Navalny, a Kremlin critic, was detained as he arrived to join the Moscow rally. Reports from the scene say police put him in a truck that was surrounded by hundreds of protesters who tried to open its doors and halt the arrest.

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source: VOA News Online

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