Thousands demand Putin quit as birthday protests turn violent
Russian police violently broke up a rally in Saint Petersburg as thousands took to the streets across Russia Saturday on President Vladimir Putin's birthday, urging him to quit power.
Russian protesters rally on Putin's birthday
More than 1,000 supporters of jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny rallied in rainy Moscow on President Vladimir Putin's 65th birthday, calling for the Russian strongman to retire.
Russia releases opposition leader Navalny from jail
Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny walked free on Friday after 25 days in jail for organising unauthorised protests, his press secretary said.
Putin accuses BBC of supporting opposition leader Navalny
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday responded to a question from a BBC reporter on opposition leader Alexei Navalny by accusing the British broadcaster of supporting the Kremlin critic.
Police detain dozens at Moscow opposition protest
Police said they detained 29 opposition protesters in Moscow on Sunday, a week after hundreds were arrested during a rally organised by leading Putin critic Alexei Navalny.
Kremlin critic Navalny gets 15 days in jail after protest
Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was sentenced to 15 days behind bars and fined Monday after staging the biggest anti-corruption protests in years, an act branded a "provocation" by the Kremlin.
Alexei Navalny: Russian crusader who took on Putin
Anti-corruption campaigner Alexei Navalny has cemented his status as leader of Russia's opposition movement by organising the largest unauthorised protest in recent years against President Vladimir Putin's rule.
Thousands protest against corruption across Russia
Authorities in most cities, including Moscow, refused to authorise the rallies. By midday (0900 GMT) there was a heavy police presence in the capital along the planned route of the protest, scheduled for 2:00 pm.