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Mass arrests accompany mass protests against corruption in Russia

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Opposition supporters rally against corruption in central Moscow on March 26, 2017.
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Hundreds of thousands of Russians demonstrated across the country on March 26 to protest at corruption, defying bans on rallies which were called by prominent Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny — who was arrested along with scores of others. Navalny called for the protests after publishing a detailed report this month accusing Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev of controlling a property empire through a shadowy network of non-profit organizations.

The protests are some of the largest Russia has seen in several years, and signal a growing resentment of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s 18 years in power and corrupt rule.

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