Russians raged by the impending inauguration of Vladimir Putin to a new word as chairman protested Saturday in ratings of cities across the country — and police responded by reportedly arresting virtually 1,600 of them.
Among those apprehended was protest organizer Alexei Navalny, the anti-corruption campaigner who the hell Putin’s most prominent foe. Police confiscated Navalny by the arms and legs and carried the thrashing activist from Moscow’s Pushkin Square, where thousands were gathered for an unauthorized protest.
Police also employed batons against protesters who chanted “Putin is a burglar! ” and “Russia will be free! “
Demonstrations under the slogan “He is not our czar” took place throughout the country, from Yakutsk in the far northeast to St. Petersburg and Kaliningrad on the periphery of Europe.
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