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Alexei Navalny and Sergei Udaltsov were arrested on May 9 as they protested President Vladimir Putin’s inauguration.Navalny told supporters Thursday that he would continue to fight against the regime even if that entails more jail time.

Anti-corruption activist Alexei Navalny and left-wing politician Sergei Udaltsov were arrested on May 9 as they protested President Vladimir Putin’s inauguration.Russia’s lower house of parliament on Tuesday gave preliminary approval to a bill increasing fines for those taking part in unsanctioned protests 200-fold. Opposition lawmakers have warned that the legislation would only fuel anger and destabilize Russia by robbing the public of a legal way to voice their grievances.

An unprecedented wave of anti-Kremlin protests has swept Russia’s major cities, and Navalny and Udalstov are some of the movement’s key leaders.

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