U.S. foreign office condemns Russian crackdown on protests

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Navalny, who was arrested at a Sunday's demonstration, was sentenced by a court in Moscow on Monday afternoon for resisting police orders, the BBC reported.

Tens of thousands of anti-corruption protesters took to the streets across Russian Federation on Sunday in the biggest show of defiance since 2011-2012 anti-government protests.

Vladimir Putin's government will face further demonstrations of public discontent after a wave of anti-corruption protests swept Russian Federation at the weekend, the opposition leader arrested for leading the rallies has said.

At least 500 demonstrators were arrested in Moscow, reporter Charles Maynes tells NPR, among the tens of thousands who turned out nationwide - despite warnings from authorities that protesters would face fines and arrest for taking part in the illegal protest.

"You can't detain everyone who's against corruption".

Navalny was among those detained and is now facing charges of organizing an illegal rally.

"Police searched (Luhn), confiscated his phone and put him in a police bus, where he was held for two hours before being driven to a police station on the outskirts of Moscow with 16 other detainees", according to the Guardian.

From his cell, Navalny posted on Twitter that he was "proud" of the protesters and said the mass detentions were "understandable".

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As evening drew in, hundreds of riot police lined up on Manezh Square at the end of Tverskaya Street and drove protesters away from the Kremlin's walls.

A French foreign ministry spokesman said the crackdown on protests was of "deep concern" to the government. In Moscow and St. Petersburg, the protesters took to the streets as well, despite the de-facto bans in place.

Russian state television completely ignored the protests on Sunday. The decision appeared to reflect the Kremlin's desire to neutralize Navalny's political ambitions - the conviction would prevent him from running for office - without angering supporters enough to take to the streets. "There are a lot of liberal-minded people among my peers, but also many who think that the current authorities are competent and good".

"We can not agree to these appeals", the Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters in Moscow, adding that protest rallies needed to comply with Russian laws.

Trump has called for cooperation with Russian Federation, especially in the fight against ISIS, and previously refused to criticize Putin's record on human rights.

"The Russian people, like people everywhere, deserve a government that supports an open marketplace of ideas, transparent and accountable governance, equal treatment under the law, and the ability to exercise their rights without fear of retribution", Toner said. They concluded with a massive protest on 6 May 2012, the day before Putin returned to the presidency after four years as prime minister. The fact that citizens can be arrested in Russian Federation because the government claims that the protest are unauthorized is a scary reality for some people.

Mr Peskov praised the "appropriate, highly professional and legal" response of the security forces and dismissed calls from the European Union on Monday that those detained should be released "without delay".

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