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    Mass Arrests in Russia Amid Anti-Corruption Protests

    The Kremlin has spoken. Police in Russia arrested hundreds of protesters who turned out to anti-corruption rallies on Monday in cities across the country. Observers were watching the protests to see whether Russia’s traditionally scattered opposition could gather momentum ahead of next year’s presidential elections, in which prominent opposition leader Alexei Navalny hopes to run despite legal troubles. He’s only popular among a small minority, but the Kremlin is still nervous about Navalny: he was hauled away by cops as he left his Moscow home to attend a demonstration downtown.

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