More than 1600 arrested in Russian Federation amid anti-Putin protests

More than 1600 arrested in Russian Federation amid anti-Putin protests

Among those arrested was protest organizer Alexei Navalny, the anti-corruption campaigner who is Putin's most prominent foe.

Vladimir Putin, who on Monday will be inaugurated for the fourth time as Russian president, has kept the possible reshuffle of his inner circle a closely-guarded secret.From prime minister Dmitry Medvedev, long rumoured to be in the firing line, to veteran foreign minister Sergei Lavrov, here are the members of Putin's inner circle to follow as the Russian leader begins his new term.

"Even if some of the demonstrations were not authorized in the location where they took place, this can not justify police brutality and mass arrests", the statement said, adding that the European Union expected Russian Federation to "release without delay peaceful demonstrators and journalists".

Navalny, who was barred from running in the election on what he says was a false pretext, was detained soon after showing up on Moscow's Pushkin Square, where young people were chanting "Russia without Putin!" and "Putin is a Thief!". Putin won re-election in March.

Amnesty International called the arrests and beatings of some Russian protesters "outrageous". Video showed some demonstrators being detained.

"They are different people, with different views, but as a whole, they have thoughts and ideas about Russia's future that differ from that of Putin", Navalny said.

More news: 000 calls hit by Telstra cable lightning strike

"Apparently the order came down not to 'jail me before the (Putin) inauguration, '" wrote Navalny.

Navalny said he had been charged with organising an unsanctioned meeting and with disobeying the police.

"I'm not actually very political as a person - I have no allegiance to any party - but fighting corruption is important", said a 26-year-old programmer at the Moscow rally who would only give his first name, Alexander. In the city of Yekaterinburg, around 1,500 km (900 miles) east of Moscow, a Reuters reporter saw over 1,000 people protesting and shouting anti-Putin slogans.

This year Putin's minders are planning a fairly low-key inauguration ceremony that will not include a lavish Kremlin reception in an apparent effort to eschew any bad publicity, TV Rain, an independent channel, reported Friday, citing informed sources. With nearly 77 percent of the vote and more than 56 million votes, his March election win was his biggest ever and the largest by any post-Soviet Russian leader, something he and his allies say gave him an unequivocal mandate to govern. Though multiple candidates did nominally oppose Putin in the election, Navalny has said only those "who don't pose the slightest threat" to Putin were allowed to run.

Critics like Navalny accuse Putin of overseeing a corrupt authoritarian system, while the financial well-being of millions of Russians continues to deteriorate.

Related Articles

  • Manafort Judge Asks If Mueller Overstepped His Authority

    Manafort Judge Asks If Mueller Overstepped His Authority

    Whether Manafort colluded with Russian government officials as Russia was trying to meddle in the 2016 United States election. Ellis appeared receptive, at least in part, to the argument. "We don't want anyone in this country with unfettered power".
    Dozens detained in security crackdown as Istanbul marks May 1

    Dozens detained in security crackdown as Istanbul marks May 1

    The logos are hyperlinked to a page that provides the reader with more information about the cultural event being celebrated. When people responded positively to the frequent changes to Google's homepage logo, the Doodles became an everyday feature.
    Kelly says report he called Trump an idiot is 'total BS'

    Kelly says report he called Trump an idiot is 'total BS'

    Kelly was reportedly frustrated by the president's public commitment to pull USA troops out of Syria. Kelly going there [to the VA]", said one person familiar with the situation, according to Fox News .
  • Amazon to employ 3000 people at new Vancouver facility

    Amazon to employ 3000 people at new Vancouver facility

    More than 6,000 people now work for Amazon in Canada, including 1,000 researchers and engineers in Vancouver at several sites. Those jobs will be in fields including machine learning, speech science, cloud computer, and robotics engineering.
    Apple surprises with strong iPhone sales, record Q2 revenue

    Apple surprises with strong iPhone sales, record Q2 revenue

    Wall Street expected $60.8 billion. "I don't buy the view that the market is saturated", Cook said . The shares were sold at an average price of $166.42, for a total transaction of $11,564,692.22.
    Delco's Tina Fey nominated for Tony Award

    Delco's Tina Fey nominated for Tony Award

    SpongeBob SquarePants and Mean Girls are also slated to face off against Frozen and The Band's Visit for Best Book of a Musical . Also nominated are Harry Hadden-Paton of My Fair Lady , Joshua Henry of Carousel , and Tony Shalhoub of The Band's Visit .
  • Mets lose deGrom, fall to sizzling Braves

    Mets lose deGrom, fall to sizzling Braves

    Frazier's frustrations boiled over Wednesday while the Mets were shut down by starter Sean Newcomb . In the other dugout, New York's pitching staff has allowed 4.3 runs per game overall in 2018.
    Special counsel team has floated idea of subpoena for Trump

    Special counsel team has floated idea of subpoena for Trump

    Trump is pursuing a political strategy: Discredit the investigation and fire those who are doing it. The Supreme Court precedent is clear on whether Trump's testimony can be compelled.
    Epic Games confirms that Fortnite season 4 starts tomorrow

    Epic Games confirms that Fortnite season 4 starts tomorrow

    However, it is interesting to see it there in the first place and could add some intriguing new gameplay moments once it arrives. Throw in Epic Games' own "Impact is imminent!" tease, and you have an epic start of a new era for Fortnite: Battle Royale .
  • More Images Of Tiger Woods' New Irons

    More Images Of Tiger Woods' New Irons

    Peterson, ranked No. 776 in the world, hasn't finished better than a tie for 47th in four starts on the PGA Tour in 2018. With play winding down for the day, Wagner sits two back as John Peterson rallied late in the day to post a 6-under 65.
    Arizona governor signs bill to boost teachers' wages amid strike

    Arizona governor signs bill to boost teachers' wages amid strike

    Organizers of the #RedforEd movement said they plan to return to their classrooms on Thursday, providing the budget is approved. Some returned to the Capitol on Thursday as lawmakers continued debating the rest of the state's $10.4 billion budget plan.
    Wisconsin expect rain, thunderstorms, tornadoes and maybe even snow

    Wisconsin expect rain, thunderstorms, tornadoes and maybe even snow

    The timing of the storms arriving in the Tulsa area remains uncertain, forecasters said, but said in a 3 p.m. They are expected to move from southwest to northeast through the southern half of the viewing area.