Hundreds of people have been arrested following protests against Vladimir Putin
Police launched a harsh crackdown on dozens of marches across Russia, sparking condemnation from the US and European Union.
The anti-corruption demonstrations took place in 80 towns and cities, with thousands attending the events in Moscow and St Petersburg.
Despite the seemingly peaceful nature of the protests, hundreds of people, including Alexei Navalny, a campaigner against Vladimir Putin who will stand in next year’s election, were arrested by aggressive police officers.
Mr Navalny was bundled into a police van, sparking concerns for freedom of speech and freedom to protest in the country. Journalists were also detained while covering the incidents.
The protests were sparked by claims of election fraud within Vladimir Putin’s government.
Police arresting a man during protests against Vladimir Putin
One protestor said: “People are unhappy with the fact that there's been no investigation.”
Another said: “In many countries the government would have resigned over this.”
A spokesman for the US Government said Mr Trump’s administration “strongly condemns” the crackdown on protesting in the country.
Police were accused of being heavy-handed during their crackdown on peaceful protestors
He said: “Detaining peaceful protesters, human rights observers, and journalists is an affront to core democratic values.
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“We were troubled to hear of the arrest of opposition figure Alexei Navalny upon arrival at the demonstration, as well as the police raids on the anti-corruption organisation he heads.
Police during a protest against Vladimir Putin
“The Russian people, like people everywhere, deserve a government that supports an open marketplace of ideas, transparent and accountable governance, equal treatment under the law, and the ability to exercise their rights without fear of retribution.”
He called on Russia to release those who were being held.
The EU also criticised the situation, calling for the immediate release of peaceful protestors and journalists.