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Thousands of Protesters Converge on Downtown St. Petersburg

Thousands of Protesters Converge on Downtown St. Petersburg”

Dozens of arrests were reported in the far east city of Vladivostok, and more were likely as demonstrations began in Russia's largest cities, Moscow and St. Petersburg.

In Vladivostok, where almost 500 people took part in the protest, 25 activists are facing administrative charges, according to police.

Police said 500 to 700 people had gathered on Labour Square but did not confirm that there had been any detentions. Some demonstrators carried running shoes - a reference to Navalny's assertion that tracking shipments of running shoes for Medvedev helped reveal his real-estate portfolio. He did not obtain permission from Moscow's mayor to hold the protest in the downtown area.

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Arrests were made in Moscow as more people joined in on the unsanctioned protest there.

Protestors denouncing government corruption gathered in cities across Russian Federation on Sunday and dozens of arrests have been reported.

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A rights group, OVD Info, said at least 130 people had been detained in Moscow and that police had used pepper spray to disperse the crowd, AFP news agency reports.

Reuters cited opinion polls suggesting that the liberal opposition, which Mr. Navalny represents, have little chance of fielding a candidate capable of unseating Mr. Putin, who enjoys high ratings - but that Mr. Navalny and his supporters hope to channel public discontent over official corruption to attract more support. "We are charged with disobeying the police", Roman Rubanov, director of Navalny's Anti-Corruption Foundation, told Reuters by phone from a Moscow police station. Putin, who nearly certainly will run for reelection, is hoping for a landslide to validate his six years of authoritarian rule, during which time the economy has slid but Russian Federation has asserted itself militarily in Syria and Ukraine. Others showed up with their faces painted green, a reminder of a recent attack on Navalny in which an assailant threw a green antiseptic liquid onto his face.

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