In some 169 locations across Russia yesterday, on Russia Day, thousands of protesters took to the streets to decry corruption and many of them were arrested along with opposition leader, Alex Navalny, taken into custody at his home before he could even take one-step in any of the rallies he had called.
Despite Navalny's arrest, many young Russians took to the streets of the realm of Vladimir Putin in the largest political protests seen in Russia since 2012, the BBC-News reported. While news crews witnessed the random arrest of protesters, the civil action continued across Russia to the abhorrence of the Kremlin resulting in 825 arrests in Moscow and another 500 in St. Petersburg, the BBC-News reported.
Navalny, 41, who intends to run for the presidency of Russia in 2018, was sentenced to 30-days administrative arrest by a judge later in the afternoon for violating protests laws. Apparently, authorities had granted him permission to protest on a certain street, but he opted for the civil action on another street.
Navalny has been wagering a campaign against corruption in Russia and he has called and singled out Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev of accumulating a vast fortune.
Of Putin's Russia, the opposition leader Navalny has said: "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."