Watch Live: Navalny Arrested As Opposition Protests Sweep Russia

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In a day of anti-corruption protests across Russia, thousands of people crowded into Moscow's Pushkin Square on Sunday for an unsanctioned protest against the Russian government, part of a wave of demonstrations taking place throughout the country. For the Moscow demonstration, around 8,000 people took to the streets according to police. As the rally continued, police used loudspeakers to call on the protesters to disperse. A number of people were detained for disorderly conduct, among whom was the prominent leader of the anti-Putin opposition.

Alexei Navalny, the anti-corruption campaigner who is leading the opposition to President Vladimir Putin, was arrested while walking from a nearby subway station to the demonstration, according to Associated Press journalists at the scene.

Opposition figure Aleksey Navalny waves as he sits inside a police van after
after being detained during a rally in Moscow, Russia, March 26, 2017

Navalny and his Foundation for Fighting Corruption had called for the protests, which attracted crowds of hundreds or thousands in most sizeable Russian cities, from the Far East port of Vladivostok to the European heartland. The protests were the largest coordinated outpourings of dissatisfaction in Russia since the massive 2011-12 demonstrations that followed a fraud-tainted parliamentary election.

There were no immediate figures on the demonstration size in Moscow, but the one-hectare Pushkin Square was densely crowded as were sidewalks on the adjacent Tverskaya Street, suggesting that more than 10,000 people had showed up. Law enforcement say that somebody sprayed “irritant gas” in the square, but rejected reports that it was part of a police action.

Scuffles with police erupted sporadically and some demonstrators were arrested, including a gray-haired man whom police dragged along the pavement. "It's scary, but if everyone is afraid, no one would come out onto the streets," said 19-year-old Yana Aksyonova, explaining why she attended.

According to AP, the protests Sunday focused on reports by Navalny's group claiming that Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has amassed a collection of mansions, yachts and vineyards. The alleged luxuries include a house for raising ducks, so many placards in Sunday's protests showed mocking images of yellow duck toys.

"People are unhappy with the fact that there's been no investigation" of the corruption allegations, said Moscow protester Ivan Gronstein.

Protests, some sanctioned and others in violation of a municipal ban, also took place in other Russian cities on Sunday, including Novosibirsk, Barnaul, Tomsk, Krasnoyarsk, Khabarovsk, and Vladivostok.

In the Pacific port city of Vladivostok, police forcefully detained some demonstrators near the city's railway terminal, in one case falling down a small grassy slope as they wrestled with a detainee.

In St. Petersburg, an unsanctioned opposition rally was held just next to another unconnected gathering of demonstrators who rallied for traditional values. Police estimated the number of participants in the opposition event at around 3,000 in St. Petersburg, and said that three individuals were facing administrative action for minor violations.

The rally in Novosibirsk, which was sanctioned by the local authorities after a court ordered them to overturn a ban, attracted around 1,500 people, according to the mayor’s office. At another sanctioned event in Tomsk, around 400 protesters showed up, according to local law enforcement.

In Vladivostok, 25 activists have been detained by police for trying to violate a ban on public gatherings. Police released those detained shortly afterwards. The usual procedure for such cases of detention (which is not an actual 'arrest') is to identify the individuals for potential administrative action and then release them.

Some demonstrators showed up with their faces painted green, a reference to a recent attack on Navalny when an assailant threw a green antiseptic liquid onto his face.

It is unlikely that anti-Putin sentiment will sweep Russia, however. As recently as last Devember, the approval rating of the Russian President hit a near-record high reaching 86.8%. according to the Russian Center for Public Opinion Research (VTSIOM). The share of respondents who said that they trusted the president was at 62.1 percent, a slight rise from 61.3 percent a week ago, trending upwards from the 59.2 percent recorded in early December.

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Sector Catalyst's picture

I can't believe its not Soros.

Gaius Frakkin' Baltar's picture

Ivan Gronstein

Is that a jew surname in Russia?

Looney's picture


Navalny is a freaking thief who wants to become a politician with George Soros’ money.

Well, technically it’s the US taxpayers’ money, but hey… what’s a few hundred million between friends?  ;-)


Belrev's picture

I mean, lots of jews in Moscow where these protests take place. Going through the crowd you don't see many Slavic faces.

07564111's picture

This was timed to coincide with the protest in Belarus ;)

It seems that Soros has underestimated Lukashenko ;) Luka stomped all over the soros pussies...there'll be no maidan in Belarus. ;)

Stuck on Zero's picture

It is no coincidence that everywhere in the world people are protesting crorruption in government.

Tarshatha's picture

"said Moscow protester Ivan (((Gronstein)))"


Every single time.........sigh.

Logan 5's picture
Logan 5 (not verified) Tarshatha Mar 26, 2017 11:46 AM

If a tree fell in the forest and nobody was around to hear it, did it make a noise?


NEW TWIST ~ If a jewish tree fell in the forest and nobody was there to hear it, did it make a sound? (damn right, cause there would suddenly be a jewish reporter there to cover it, and jewish lawyers around to try and sue somebody. But what nobody would ever fing was the jewish lumberjack that was paid by Soros to chop it down).

kavlar's picture
kavlar (not verified) Logan 5 Mar 26, 2017 12:14 PM

After Ukraine, Soros-funded crowds are hard at work in Russia.

stizazz's picture

They can't touch Putin. Wish he were Potus instead of that clown.

Luc X. Ifer's picture

Working for Soros is a high risk occupation however, with great rewards if you manage to get it done :)

JuliaS's picture

Hey, Kavlar, why don't you make some fake accounts to upvote yourself, like you always do.

crazzziecanuck's picture

True, but there will always be Soros-like people to misdirect them to go against their own interests (*cough* Maidan *cough*).  Soros is basically just like the Koch brothers.  Using their money to convince dumb, lazy people looking for the easiest way out and searching for others to blame.  You got Soros getting people convinced it's corruption while the Koch brothers convince people it's brown people, immigrants and corruption.

Perimetr's picture

Soros takes orders from Washington, too.

The neocons won't give up on a "Russian Spring" even though they have zero chance of bringing one off.

The Russian people are not blinded by the corporate mainstream media western press

They can see NATO at the Russian borders, they have suffered as a result of US-led western sanctions

They see the neonazis in Kiev, entirely supported by the US, wage war against ethnic Russians in Donbass.

These protests are staged for the benefit of western MSM, to "prove" that Putin is corrupt, that Russians suffer under his tyrannical reign.

Such propaganda is needed to continue to set the stage for war against Russia.

Chupacabra-322's picture

@ Perimetr,

What people don't understand is, that the Russian PsyOp / False Narrative Script by the Deep State & Pure Evil War Criminal Treasonous Psychopath Hillary Clinton Globalist was the game plan all long.

Win, stolen or lost. They were going & are going "all in" with the PsyOp, Scripted False Narrative of Russia hacking the Elections / Russia / Putin / Trump Propaganda gone full retard via the Deep States Opeatives in the Presstitute Media.

Plausible Deniability is the name of the game. If the Deep State could of pulled off the False Narrative PsyOp of Russia influencing our Elections the Deep State could & will hack into Russia's National Elections next March. Call it pay back.

The Deep State's destabilization campaign in Ukraine especially Crimea was part of the ZioNeoConFascist Agenda to destabilize Russia during their upcoming elections.

Putin countered by expelling all Geroge Sorros NGO's from Russia. However, rest assured those destabilization cells are in place to ready to be activated come Russia's next election cycle.

The future meeting between the Two Super Powers will be Epic. The Diplomacy which will Prevail out of those meetings will be a fresh breath of air to the World.

And, final Death Blows to the Pure Evil Criminal Deep State Elite Compartmentalized Hierarchy.

Perimetr's picture

Note that Moscow has a popluation of 12 milion people

8000 people showing up to protest is hardly a big turnout.

"protests sweep Russia" . . . really, how many more people involved, another 8000?  

Fake news for the MSM Russophobia propaganda

Phuk u's picture

The russian backed trolls are out in force again on Zerohedge trying to subvert the stupid. We know you are there

sowing putin propaganda. Whats wrong with an opposition in Russia, whats wrong with Ukraine wanting nil influence from Russia.

Whats wrong with an opposition to Lukashenko in Belarus and what is wrong with peaceful protest. According to you Putin cocksuckers

everything. Lets just blame Soros, MSM and the jews that will get the Zerohedge readership to believe Putin is great. Idit nahuy ruskiy vatniki.


Shemp 4 Victory's picture

What a collection of strawsmen.

Side tracking, ad hominems, strawsman etc... is all what US citizens can provide.

sagramore's picture

Soros is EXACTLY like the Koch Brothers.  Horseshoe club.

sagramore's picture

Soros is EXACTLY like the Koch Brothers.  Horseshoe club.

Arrow4Truth's picture

Everything happens for a reason.

Volkodav's picture


mess with Batka get kicked

NEOCON1's picture

Nice anti-semitism you inbred russian mutt.

BlindMonkey's picture

Well, Navalny is a protege of Maurice Greenberg.  For those following along at home, Greenberg was the Jew that destroyed AIG and has gotten into the color revolution game as of late.

See how this works?  See why the Jews are reviled in a good deal of the world?

SmittyinLA's picture

Where does Greenberg come in with the Russian Communist again?

Arrow4Truth's picture

Did he mention Arabs or Hebrews? wtf?

NEOCON1's picture

Nice anti-semitism you inbred russian mutt.

Berspankme's picture

He is jealous of Medvedev

Arrow4Truth's picture

Surely he is slithering the weeds closeby.

stoneworker's picture

Do you have any proof that Navalny is a thief or that he works for Soros? I was at the St.Petersburg protests. The people want answers to very concrete accusations against prime minister Medvedev(a man famous for sleeping on the job and general incompetence in most topics) that were made by Navalny in his video. Since no answer has been provided for weeks a logical conclusion is that everything he said is true. There is a lot of Putin worship on this site. I assume it is, because most of the people on here have never been to Russia. The truth is that he is better than the communists, but since he was a member of the KGB (an organization where only communists were allowed to join), he is definitely not a libertarian/conservative. I am providing a video of the protest that so that people on here can see that the majority of people that attended are young people who do not want to live like their parents in the Soviet Union.   

Latina Lover's picture

Liar, I just read your past comments. They were written by someone else.  You somehow now control this account to spew out your anti russian BS.   Your crappy new world order is losing. You should be happy it is losing since once you are no longer valuable as troll, your organs could easily be harvested by your employers.

stoneworker's picture

What did I lie about? Everything else is not an arguement. 

Latina Lover's picture

"Since no answer has been provided for weeks a logical conclusion is that everything he said is true."

One example of a lie... Navalny is a proven CIA stooge. The only reason he is tolerated is to montior roll up his network of traitorous stooges.

stoneworker's picture

First of all where is your proof that he is a CIA stooge. Second even if he is a CIA stooge how does that make his accusation any less valid? Thirdly it is a perfectly logical conclusion since if Navalny lied it would be very easy to disprove and avoid this situation since the accusations are very concrete(people and places are named).

Latina Lover's picture

Russia is not the soviet union, you fucking idiot.  Read history and learn geography.  The soviet union was a creation of western banksters/zions.

stoneworker's picture

Russia was part of the Soviet Union. That is what I said and it is the truth.

land_of_the_few's picture

Navalny managed to get his "permanent" green dye off awfully quick, it seems? He did an awfully good job putting on though. Top marks. Or should we say, "Marx".

stoneworker's picture

Are you going to make an arguement or just throw a bunch of words at me?

Free Man's picture

Moscow has 92 synagogues for less than a thousand practicing Jews – they are staffed and manned by the imported American Rabbis of Habad. Best and the choicest pieces of Russian municipal land are given to synagogues and Jewish cultural centres for free.

caconhma's picture

Putin's government in Russia is not any different from Trump's government in the USA. Here and there Zionist mafia controls everything!

Putin is just a thug and a gangster. The sooner Putin is dead the better for everybody. 

Shemp 4 Victory's picture

Flagged as #KoolAid-Chugger

The Greek horse's picture

Jews should be worried that the gig is up and your masters the ROTHCHILDS are running for the hills because there FIAT system is imploding.. Coincidence ZH article yesterday showing PUTIN holding a GoLD BAR..  Jews your masters turned you in during WW2 and now you clowns are marching thru MOSCOW?!?!?! Hate to say it but Hitler was right these people are and always will be parasites. My apology to a few GOOD JEWS..    

N0TME's picture

Navalny Protests brought to you courtesy of George Soros

Global Hunter's picture

Nalvany is another pizzagater I assume trying to destroy his own country for the globalists and Soros as poster above me rightly points out. 

Quinvarius's picture

Soros and the Leftist retards are feeling the heat.  So here some flailing for you.

Winston Churchill's picture

Langley must be deserted this weekend.

BlindMonkey's picture

Soros, is that you?

Consuelo's picture



You don't get this kind of 'coordinated attack' without outside $$$Funding...