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>> A Moscow court jailing opposition leader, Alexey Navalny, for 15 days Monday, a day after he was arrested along with hundreds of protesters against corruption. The Kremlin called the demonstrations illegal and a provocation, alleging teenagers were paid to show up. Moscow authorities also rejecting calls Monday by the United States and the European Union to release the detained.
Thousands took to Moscow's streets Sunday to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, a key ally of Vladimir Putin.>> They were a protest against corruption, official corruption in Russia. That is a theme which Navalny has chosen to focus on. He's carved out a reputation for himself as an anti-corruption campaigner.
He's made many allegations against top Russian officials, including notably the Prime Minister, Dmitry Medvedev. Navalny recently produced and issued a video alleging wide scale corruption by Medvedev, saying that he had built up a huge fortune by rather nefarious means.>> The Prime Minister and former President calling those charges propaganda, but the protest reckoned to be the biggest for five years and come just a year before Putin is expected to stand for a fourth term in presidential elections.
>> Navalny himself has said that, as long as there is official corruption in Russia, as long as in his words, officials are stealing billions of dollars that ordinary Russians will be willing to take to the streets and to protest. No matter what the risks, no matter what the arrest.
So, he does expect them to continue, and, of course, he has every interest, every incentive, for these protests to continue in the run-up to next year's presidential election.>> Navalny's liberal position has little chance of unseating Putin, polls show, but he and his supporters hope to channel public anger at official corruption.