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Russians protest government corruption

The White House has condemned the arrests of protesters at anti-corruption rallies in Russian Federation.

Regardless of his arrest, anti-corruption rallies have taken place all over Russian Federation, ending up with hundreds, possibly even thousands of arrests of demonstrators.

Riot police stand guard next to children in a stroller during an anti-corruption protest organised by opposition leader Alexei Navalny, on Tverskaya Street in central Moscow, Russia Jun 12, 2017.

Three 16-year-old girls took sheets of paper to the Moscow protest and sat on the pavement to write the articles of the Russian Constitution on them; a nearby group of teenagers climbed on top of a tent with posters saying "Corruption kills the future".

The clash of the celebrations with the protests caused confusion as re-enactment props such as sandbags were mistaken as props to keep protesters away. The demonstrators are demanding an end to corruption they say is endemic among government officials.

Navalny himself was not able to show up at any of the events, as he was detained by police before the beginning of the protest over repeated violation of rules for staging mass public events. Similar crowds turned out in March, rattling officials who had perceived the younger generation as largely apolitical. Navalny, who is mounting a long-shot bid to replace President Putin in next year's election, has suffered a series of arrests for his protests against the state.

As a result, once again, numerous arrests were made Monday.

Moscow city hall labeled the change in the protest site a provocation and said that demonstrations would be viewed as a threat to public order, leading to the detentions.

A crackdown on peaceful protests across Russian Federation in which hundreds of people were arrested and numerous others beaten by police demonstrates the authorities' utter contempt for fundamental human rights, Amnesty International said today.

Several thousand protesters, including many young people, crowded central Moscow at Navalny's behest chanting and waving flags.

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But on the eve of the demonstration, Navalny issued a video message calling for protesters to instead come to the city's main avenue, Tverskaya, a broad, four-lane thoroughfare.

Pretext for his arrest has been a call to move the rally in Moscow to an unsanctioned location.

Navalny was arrested Monday afternoon outside his home in Moscow as he headed for an unsanctioned protest rally. He said interference had prevented contractors from building a stage at the agreed venue.

He said that Navalny was accused of a repeated administrative offence, which is punishable by up to 30 days of arrest or a fine of between RUB 150,000 (USD 2,600) and RUB 300,000 (USD 5,300).

Navalny's spokeswoman Kira Yarmish, said power at their office had been cut by authorities.

Navalny was arrested at his block of flats before he could even make his way to the protest.

Tens of thousands of demonstrators took out rallies in places stretching throughout the country - from the Pacific to the European enclave of Kaliningrad against the corruption in the country.

The Moscow city government had previously approved the protest to be held in a square just outside the center.

Navalny had been due to attend the demonstration in Moscow, but his wife, Yulia, posted a photo of him being detained by police at his home.

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