They’re put out. Thousands of Russians took to the streets to protest state corruption — and by extension, President Vladimir Putin. Organized by opposition leader and potential presidential challenger Alexei Navalny, the synchronized rallies saw thousands of people demonstrating in nearly 100 cities across Russia, a rare show of force by critics of Putin, who remains popular outside the country’s big cities. The rallies ended after a crackdown by police resulted in hundreds of arrests, included that of Navalny himself — an action strongly condemned by the U.S. State Department.


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