Protesters arrested during anti-Putin rallies in Moscow and St. Petersburg

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was detained along with more than a thousand of his supporters on Saturday during nationwide rallies against Vladimir Putin as police used force to break up rallies in Moscow and Saint Petersburg.

Riot police beat protesters with truncheons, dragged them along the ground and threw them into police vans in Moscow, in an attempt to disperse a huge crowd that packed Pushkin Square to protest against Putin’s swearing-in ceremony on Monday.

Police grabbed Navalny, 41, soon after he showed up at the rally, as some shouted “Shame” in Ukrainian, a famous slogan of the Kiev uprising that ousted a Kremlin-backed regime in 2014. (AFP)

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<p>Protesters shout anti-government slogans behind a police line at a demonstration against President Vladimir Putin in Pushkin Square in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, May 5, 2018. A group that monitors political repression in Russia says more than 350 people have been arrested in a day of nationwide protests against the upcoming inauguration of Vladimir Putin for a new six-year term as president. (Photo: Dmitry Serebryakov/AP) </p>
Protesters arrested during anti-Putin rallies

Protesters shout anti-government slogans behind a police line at a demonstration against President Vladimir Putin in Pushkin Square in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, May 5, 2018. A group that monitors political repression in Russia says more than 350 people have been arrested in a day of nationwide protests against the upcoming inauguration of Vladimir Putin for a new six-year term as president. (Photo: Dmitry Serebryakov/AP)

<p>Opposition supporters attend an unauthorized anti-Putin rally called by opposition leader Alexei Navalny on May 5, 2018 in Saint Petersburg, two days ahead of Vladimir Putin’s inauguration for a fourth Kremlin term. (Photo: Olga Maltseva/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Protesters arrested during anti-Putin rallies

Opposition supporters attend an unauthorized anti-Putin rally called by opposition leader Alexei Navalny on May 5, 2018 in Saint Petersburg, two days ahead of Vladimir Putin’s inauguration for a fourth Kremlin term. (Photo: Olga Maltseva/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>Russian police carrying struggling opposition leader Alexei Navalny, center, at a demonstration against President Vladimir Putin in Pushkin Square in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, May 5, 2018. Thousands of demonstrators denouncing Putin’s upcoming inauguration into a fourth term gathered Saturday in the capital’s Pushkin Square. (Photo: AP) </p>
Protesters arrested during anti-Putin rallies

Russian police carrying struggling opposition leader Alexei Navalny, center, at a demonstration against President Vladimir Putin in Pushkin Square in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, May 5, 2018. Thousands of demonstrators denouncing Putin’s upcoming inauguration into a fourth term gathered Saturday in the capital’s Pushkin Square. (Photo: AP)

<p>Russian police push protesters back during a demonstration against President Vladimir Putin in Pushkin Square in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, May 5, 2018. (Photo: Dmitry Serebryakov/AP) </p>
Protesters arrested during anti-Putin rallies

Russian police push protesters back during a demonstration against President Vladimir Putin in Pushkin Square in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, May 5, 2018. (Photo: Dmitry Serebryakov/AP)

<p>Opposition supporters attend an unauthorized anti-Putin rally called by opposition leader Alexei Navalny on May 5, 2018 in Saint Petersburg, two days ahead of Vladimir Putin’s inauguration for a fourth Kremlin term. (Photo: Olga Maltseva/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Protesters arrested during anti-Putin rallies

Opposition supporters attend an unauthorized anti-Putin rally called by opposition leader Alexei Navalny on May 5, 2018 in Saint Petersburg, two days ahead of Vladimir Putin’s inauguration for a fourth Kremlin term. (Photo: Olga Maltseva/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>Policemen detain an opposition supporter during a protest ahead of President Vladimir Putin’s inauguration ceremony, Moscow, Russia May 5, 2018. (Photo: Tatyana Makeyeva/Reuters) </p>
Protesters arrested during anti-Putin rallies

Policemen detain an opposition supporter during a protest ahead of President Vladimir Putin’s inauguration ceremony, Moscow, Russia May 5, 2018. (Photo: Tatyana Makeyeva/Reuters)

<p>Demonstrators carry posters depicting Russian President Vladimir Putin during a massive protest rally in St.Petersburg, Russia, Saturday, May 5, 2018. Alexei Navalny, anti-corruption campaigner and Putin’s most prominent critic, called for nationwide protests on Saturday, two days ahead of the inauguration of Vladimir Putin for a fourth term as Russian president. The sign on poster reading “He is not our czar”. (Photo: Dmitri Lovetsky/AP) </p>
Protesters arrested during anti-Putin rallies

Demonstrators carry posters depicting Russian President Vladimir Putin during a massive protest rally in St.Petersburg, Russia, Saturday, May 5, 2018. Alexei Navalny, anti-corruption campaigner and Putin’s most prominent critic, called for nationwide protests on Saturday, two days ahead of the inauguration of Vladimir Putin for a fourth term as Russian president. The sign on poster reading “He is not our czar”. (Photo: Dmitri Lovetsky/AP)

<p>A woman holding a Russian flag stands in front of riot police blocking an area during an unauthorized anti-Putin rally called by opposition leader Alexei Navalny on May 5, 2018 in Saint Petersburg, two days ahead of Vladimir Putin’s inauguration for a fourth Kremlin term. (Photo: Olga Maltseva/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Protesters arrested during anti-Putin rallies

A woman holding a Russian flag stands in front of riot police blocking an area during an unauthorized anti-Putin rally called by opposition leader Alexei Navalny on May 5, 2018 in Saint Petersburg, two days ahead of Vladimir Putin’s inauguration for a fourth Kremlin term. (Photo: Olga Maltseva/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>Riot police officers seen during an unauthorised opposition protest in St. Petersburg’s Alexander Garden, Russia, May 5, 2018. (Photo: Peter Kovalev&#92;TASS via Getty Images) </p>
Protesters arrested during anti-Putin rallies

Riot police officers seen during an unauthorised opposition protest in St. Petersburg’s Alexander Garden, Russia, May 5, 2018. (Photo: Peter Kovalev\TASS via Getty Images)

<p>Opposition supporters shout slogans during an unauthorized anti-Putin rally called by opposition leader Alexei Navalny on May 5, 2018 in Moscow, two days ahead of Vladimir Putin’s inauguration for a fourth Kremlin term. (Photo: Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Protesters arrested during anti-Putin rallies

Opposition supporters shout slogans during an unauthorized anti-Putin rally called by opposition leader Alexei Navalny on May 5, 2018 in Moscow, two days ahead of Vladimir Putin’s inauguration for a fourth Kremlin term. (Photo: Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>Russian police detain protesters at a demonstration against President Vladimir Putin in St. Petersburg, Russia, Saturday, May 5, 2018. Russians angered by the impending inauguration of Vladimir Putin to a new term as the country’s president demonstrated throughout the country on Saturday. Police arrested hundreds, including protest organizer Alexei Navalny, the anti-corruption campaigner who is Putin’s most prominent foe. (Photo: Dmitri Lovetsky/AP) </p>
Protesters arrested during anti-Putin rallies

Russian police detain protesters at a demonstration against President Vladimir Putin in St. Petersburg, Russia, Saturday, May 5, 2018. Russians angered by the impending inauguration of Vladimir Putin to a new term as the country’s president demonstrated throughout the country on Saturday. Police arrested hundreds, including protest organizer Alexei Navalny, the anti-corruption campaigner who is Putin’s most prominent foe. (Photo: Dmitri Lovetsky/AP)

<p>Russian police detain a protester at a demonstration against President Vladimir Putin in Pushkin Square in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, May 5, 2018. Thousands of demonstrators denouncing Putin’s upcoming inauguration into a fourth term gathered Saturday in the capital’s Pushkin Square. (Photo: Pavel Golovkin/AP) </p>
Protesters arrested during anti-Putin rallies

Russian police detain a protester at a demonstration against President Vladimir Putin in Pushkin Square in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, May 5, 2018. Thousands of demonstrators denouncing Putin’s upcoming inauguration into a fourth term gathered Saturday in the capital’s Pushkin Square. (Photo: Pavel Golovkin/AP)

<p>Russian police block protesters during a demonstration against President Vladimir Putin in St.Petersburg, Russia, Saturday, May 5, 2018. (Photo: Dmitri Lovetsky/AP) </p>
Protesters arrested during anti-Putin rallies

Russian police block protesters during a demonstration against President Vladimir Putin in St.Petersburg, Russia, Saturday, May 5, 2018. (Photo: Dmitri Lovetsky/AP)

<p>A detained opposition activist shout anti-Putin slogans from police bus during the demonstration against President Vladimir Putin at Pushkin Square May 5, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo: Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images) </p>
Protesters arrested during anti-Putin rallies

A detained opposition activist shout anti-Putin slogans from police bus during the demonstration against President Vladimir Putin at Pushkin Square May 5, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo: Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images)

<p>Opposition supporters attend an unauthorized anti-Putin rally called by opposition leader Alexei Navalny on May 5, 2018 in Saint Petersburg, two days ahead of Vladimir Putin’s inauguration for a fourth Kremlin term. (Photo: Olga Maltseva/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Protesters arrested during anti-Putin rallies

Opposition supporters attend an unauthorized anti-Putin rally called by opposition leader Alexei Navalny on May 5, 2018 in Saint Petersburg, two days ahead of Vladimir Putin’s inauguration for a fourth Kremlin term. (Photo: Olga Maltseva/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>Russian police detain a protester at a demonstration against President Vladimir Putin in St.Petersburg, Russia, Saturday, May 5, 2018. (Photo: Dmitri Lovetsky/AP) </p>
Protesters arrested during anti-Putin rallies

Russian police detain a protester at a demonstration against President Vladimir Putin in St.Petersburg, Russia, Saturday, May 5, 2018. (Photo: Dmitri Lovetsky/AP)

<p>Protesters attend a rally in St. Petersburg, Russia, Saturday, May 5, 2018. (Photo: Dmitri Lovetsky/AP) </p>
Protesters arrested during anti-Putin rallies

Protesters attend a rally in St. Petersburg, Russia, Saturday, May 5, 2018. (Photo: Dmitri Lovetsky/AP)

<p>Russian police detain a protester at a demonstration against President Vladimir Putin in St.Petersburg, Russia, Saturday, May 5, 2018. (Photo: Dmitri Lovetsky/AP) </p>
Protesters arrested during anti-Putin rallies

Russian police detain a protester at a demonstration against President Vladimir Putin in St.Petersburg, Russia, Saturday, May 5, 2018. (Photo: Dmitri Lovetsky/AP)

<p>People take part in an unauthorised opposition protest in Moscow’s Pushkinskaya Square, Russia, May 5, 2018. (Photo: Sergei Fadeichev&#92;TASS via Getty Images) </p>
Protesters arrested during anti-Putin rallies

People take part in an unauthorised opposition protest in Moscow’s Pushkinskaya Square, Russia, May 5, 2018. (Photo: Sergei Fadeichev\TASS via Getty Images)

<p>People attend the demonstration against President Vladimir Putin at Pushkin Square May 5, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo: Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images) </p>
Protesters arrested during anti-Putin rallies

People attend the demonstration against President Vladimir Putin at Pushkin Square May 5, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo: Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images)

<p>People take part in an unauthorised opposition protest in St Petersburg’s Alexander Garden, Russia, May 5, 2018. (Photo: Peter Kovalev/TASS via Getty Images) </p>
Protesters arrested during anti-Putin rallies

People take part in an unauthorised opposition protest in St Petersburg’s Alexander Garden, Russia, May 5, 2018. (Photo: Peter Kovalev/TASS via Getty Images)

<p>Policemen detain an opposition supporter during a protest ahead of President Vladimir Putin’s inauguration ceremony, Moscow, Russia, May 5, 2018. (Photo: Tatyana Makeyeva/Reuters) </p>
Protesters arrested during anti-Putin rallies

Policemen detain an opposition supporter during a protest ahead of President Vladimir Putin’s inauguration ceremony, Moscow, Russia, May 5, 2018. (Photo: Tatyana Makeyeva/Reuters)

<p>Protesters jump over a barrier during a demonstration against President Vladimir Putin in St .Petersburg, Russia, Saturday, May 5, 2018. (Photo: Dmitri Lovetsky/AP) </p>
Protesters arrested during anti-Putin rallies

Protesters jump over a barrier during a demonstration against President Vladimir Putin in St .Petersburg, Russia, Saturday, May 5, 2018. (Photo: Dmitri Lovetsky/AP)

<p>Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny addresses supporters during an unauthorized anti-Putin rally on May 5, 2018 in Moscow, two days ahead of Vladimir Putin’s inauguration for a fourth Kremlin term. (Photo: Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Protesters arrested during anti-Putin rallies

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny addresses supporters during an unauthorized anti-Putin rally on May 5, 2018 in Moscow, two days ahead of Vladimir Putin’s inauguration for a fourth Kremlin term. (Photo: Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP/Getty Images)

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