Scattered sanctioned as well as unsanctioned protests in Moscow, St Petersburg and several other Russian cities were called by the Russian neoliberal campaigner Alexey Navalny.
Navalny is thus hoping to boost his bid for the Russian presidency, but his chances remain slim.
Riot police detained agitators and provocateurs – one of which was spotted with a handgun.
Posing as an “anti-corruption” activist, Navalny himself has recently been re-convicted of embezzlement in two seperate cases, undermining his own credibility.
The protests are unlikely to shake overwhelming Russian support for president Vladimir Putin, who has maintained over an 80 percent approval rating.
Parnas – the party with which Navalny is most closely associated – only won 0.70 percent of the vote in the last parliamentary elections.
The combined vote of all the anti-government liberal parties in the same election amounted to a miserable 2.56 percent.
The international liberal media are however reporting today that Moscow and Russia have been hit by a “wave of protests”.
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