Are Russian protests a threat to Putin?

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Riot police detain demonstrators during an anti-corruption protest organised by opposition leader
Alexei Navalny, on Tverskaya Street in central Moscow, Russia, June 12, 2017
Photo by Maxim Shemetov/Reuters

This could have been one of Russia's most extensive days of political protest in recent history. Police in 200 cities were out in force and at least 700 have been arrested so far. Demonstrators also had to share the streets with people colorfully dressed in historical costumes for a Russian holiday.  

We hear more from the Guardian's Alec Luhn, who was covering today's protests and was arrested at demonstrations earlier this March, and from Andrew Weiss, Vice President for Studies at the Carnegie Endowment where he oversees the Russia and Eurasia Program.




Warren Olney