Saturday 23 September 2017

The most powerful pictures as Russians came out in force to protest corruption

By Kameron Virk

People protested across Russia, from its most eastern point to the European heartland.

Hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets in cities across Russia to protest over alleged government corruption, in what are believed to be the largest demonstrations since 2011/12 following what were deemed fraudulent parliamentary elections.

Sunday’s unsanctioned protests were organised by opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who was arrested on the day while walking to the demonstration in Moscow’s Pushkin Square.

The protests centred around reports by Navalny’s Foundation for Fighting Corruption that prime minister Dmitry Medvedev has amassed a collection of mansions, yachts and vineyards – including a house JUST for raising ducks.

Ducks were a prominent feature in the protests, as were arrests – with reports of hundreds being detained across Russia.

This sign asks Medvedev “how much did it cost you?”

While this man chose to direct his message to President Vladimir Putin, labelling him a “thief”.

Trainers have also been used as a sign of corruption, with the prime minister reportedly having amassed a vast collection.

Protests took place all the way from Moscow to Vladivostok, a city further east than North Korea and a full 5629 miles away.

Police fought hard to get these protesters off a lamppost in Moscow.

Where the Alexander Pushkin monument became a hot spot for demonstrators.

In St Petersburg, the settings at Marsivo Field provided an impressive backdrop for the city’s defiant population.

As did Dvortsovaya Palace Square.

This picture shows just how many turned up in the city.

Medvedev’s spokesperson dubbed claims of corruption as “propagandistic attacks”, but the prime minister is yet to address the reports.

The Kremlin has not commented on the demonstrations, having previously said that unsanctioned protests were an illegal provocation.

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