At least 200 people were arrested in Moscow, local authorities reported, after taking part in one of multiple unsanctioned protests against Russian government corruption on Sunday. The crowd in Moscow's Pushkin Square was estimated to be about 7,000 people who gathered under the leadership of Alexei Navalny, a prominent critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Navalny was among those arrested. His Foundation for Fighting Corruption organized the rallies, which took place in cities across Russia, after publishing information alleging Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev lives in luxury his public service salary could not possibly provide.
Russian state media did not cover the protests, which are the largest anti-government demonstrations in Russia since allegations of a tainted parliamentary election stoked dissatisfaction in 2011 and 2012.