Russia Putin: Navalny urges people to join anti-corruption protests

Russia Putin: Navalny urges people to join anti-corruption protests

The lawyer and political activist had earlier urged his supporters to join demonstations planned across the country for Monday June 12, which is also a national holiday in Russian Federation.

"I want changes", wrote Navalny. Police arrested 1,500 people nationwide, including more than 1,000 in Moscow, and a handful are being prosecuted for attacking police.

Although city authorities had agreed to a location for the Moscow protest, Navalny called for it to be moved to one of Moscow's main thoroughfares.

Navalny said protesters had a constitutional right to gather to express their political opinions and that Tverskaya Street would be an ideal location because it will be turned into a pedestrian zone for the Russia Day celebrations.

The scale of the protests will show if Navalny can build on the success of a similar event in March, in which thousands took to the streets across Russian Federation.

Electricity in Navalny's office was switched off, his spokeswoman said in a separate Twitter message.

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Several people were arrested earlier today at protests in the east of the country, with at least eleven being detained at a rally in the city of Vladivostok. He planned to attend the Moscow protest. It is unclear too if the Kremlin will even let Navalny run for the presidency.

For that reason, he said he was unilaterally switching the venue to Tverskaya Street, Moscow's main avenue near the Kremlin.

Police have warned that they will take action if protesters break the law. Two large men stood nearby as Navalny spoke, insisting he will "say obvious banal things, but not be afraid and say them out loud".

The 41-year-old's anti-corruption videos have needled the country's most powerful and drawn to the streets crowds unseen since a wave of protests against President Vladimir Putin's reelection to a third term in 2012. Navalny's key demographic among his supporters includes teenagers and students who have grown up only knowing Putin's rule.

Medvedev said Navalny's allegations were politically motivated "nonsense" and called him a charlatan. "It's clear as day Putin doesn't want to come out to debate with me". "I want changes. I want to live in a modern democratic state and I want our taxes to be converted into roads, schools and hospitals, not into yachts, palaces and vineyards", he said.

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