As reported by Reuters news agency today, baton-wielding riot police broke up anti-corruption protests and detained hundreds of demonstrators in Moscow and other Russian cities soon after arresting opposition leader Alexei Navalny. Navalny, a strong critic of Russian President Vladmir Putin, called for protests against “official corruption” which drew thousands of people. Navalny is mounting a bid to unseat President Putin in an election next year. The Kremlin has dismissed Navalny’s graft allegations, accusing him of irresponsibly trying to whip up unrest.
Reuters report found here.