Protests after elections
The Russian Federation has seen several days of protests by people complaining about the conduct of the elections last Sunday. Up to 6,000 people protested in Moscow and there were more in other cities.
Around 500 people have been arrested by police including former deputy prime minister and opposition leader Boris Nemtsov. Sergei Mitrokhin of the Yabloko party was also arrested; both men were later released.
Blogger and anti-corruption activist Alexei Navalny and Solidarity movement leader Ilya Yashin were also arrested and have been given gaol sentences of 15 days. Navalny was the blogger who popularised the saying that Putin and United Russia were ‘thieves and crooks’.