Tuesday 17 October 2017

Russia's latest protests were striking in just how young demonstrators were

They were taking a stand against corruption in government.

By Prudence Wade

Young people tend to play a big part in political protests, but many people have been taken aback at just how young some participants in Russia’s nationwide demonstrations appear to be.

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Hundreds of people were arrested in protests across Russia. Monday’s demonstrations demanded an end to corruption protesters say is endemic among government officials.

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While there are no official figures on how many people have been detained, an Associated Press reporter counted about 500 people forced into police buses in St Petersburg.

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The demonstrators appeared to be predominantly younger — those who were born or grew up during Vladimir Putin’s 17 years of leading Russia. Similar crowds turned out in March, rattling officials who had perceived the younger generation as largely apolitical.

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Putin is expected to seek another term as president in 2018, and opposition leader Alexei Navalny has already announced his intentions to run.

Navalny, who called the protests, was arrested an hour before they began. A Moscow court has ruled that he should be jailed for 30 days for repeated violations of the law on public gatherings.

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The White House has condemned the arrests of protesters at these anti-corruption rallies.

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