2 dozen reported arrested in Moscow protest attempts

As The Guardian reported, the police stated that about 500 people were detained in Moscow, but the organisation OVD Info emphasised that it was a much larger number (more than 1,000) and at least 120 spent the night behind bars while Navalny was sentenced to 15 days in prison.

The largest one in Moscow saw about 500 people detained according to police, while OVD-Info put the total at nearly 1,000.

Russian police arrested about two dozen protesters Sunday in Moscow, a week after more than 1,000 others were detained during a large-scale rally organized by a leading critic of President Vladimir Putin.

The Moscow office of Russia's Investigative Committee, which handles the country's most serious crimes, said it had opened the case in response to the crime of "calling for mass unrest".

Sunday's protest and others like it across Russian Federation were estimated to be the largest since 2012 and foreshadow a presidential election which Vladimir Putin is expected to contest.

Police in helmets and body armour swiftly moved to halt a protest which drew around 100 people.

Witnesses said police had detained people photographed at the previous rally. A man holding a poster was detained first.

The latest detentions came after Navalny organised protests in cities across Russian Federation on March 26, majority unauthorised.

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Separately, well-known opposition activist Ildar Dadin was arrested while picketing outside a police station, according to OVD-Info, a group that monitors political repression.

Among those protesting on Sunday was Pavel Dyatlov, a 16-year-old who became a symbol of youth protest in last week s rally after he was photographed climbing up a lamppost and being detained by police.

The April 2 protest comes a year before the next presidential election. "Even now, here, we see people are being detained, provocateurs appear". He was detained in that protest, too.

Russia's Interfax news agency reported that about 400 people had taken part in an authorised anti-corruption rally in the Siberian city of Novosibirsk.

Last Sunday's demonstrations were prompted by main opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who was later arrested.

"He knows absolutely nothing about this", his spokeswoman Kira Yarmysh wrote on Twitter.

On Thursday, while speaking at the Arctic Forum in Arkhangelsk, Russian President Vladimir Putin admitted, "Corruption is indeed a serious problem for us".

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