Alexei Navalny arrested as thousands in Russian Federation demonstrate against Vladimir Putin inauguration

Moskva News Agency

Given that last Monday's Telegram protests, which adopted a stark anti-Putin tone, the country's security services are looking to dampen mass dissent before the start of the president's new term in office.

"Detentions were conducted in a rough manner", the monitor said, adding that some of the detained had scratches and bruises.

The Moscow law enforcement services stated that at least 1,500 people had taken the streets to participate in an unauthorized rally in the center of Moscow. It said in a protest in Yakutsk in the far northeast, 75 were detained but all have since been released.

In St Petersburg, protesters were prevented from reaching the city's central square.

"Craven old man Putin thinks he is a tsar", Navalny said on Twitter. "But he is not our tsar".

Activists in St. Petersburg, Krasnoyarsk, Cheboksary and Krasnodar have been reportedly held on charges of violating public assembly laws and resisting arrest.

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A group that monitors political repression in Russian Federation says more than 350 people have been arrested in a day of nationwide protests against the upcoming inauguration of Vladimir Putin for a new six-year term as president.

The rallies descended into clashes with police and more than 400 protesters were detained.

Demonstrators are holding protests throughout Russia against the upcoming inauguration of Vladimir Putin for a fourth term as Russian president.

He recorded his best ever election performance with more than 76 percent of the vote.

Opposition and independent monitors reported ballot stuffing and other cases of alleged fraud as the Kremlin pushed for a high turnout to give greater legitimacy to Putin's new term.