2 dozen reported arrested in renewed Moscow protest attempts

Navalny, who will appeal the court's verdict, was found guilty of disobeying a police officer at Sunday's Moscow protest and sentenced to 15 days in jail.

Last week's protests were the largest opposition rallies Russian Federation has seen in several years.

Between 20 and 30 anti-corruption protesters have been detained in Moscow as they tried to organise a march towards the Kremlin.

The Moscow office of Russia's Investigative Committee, which handles the country's most serious crimes, said it had opened the case in response to the crime of "calling for mass unrest".

The protests are occurring a year before a Russian presidential election in which Putin is expected to seek a fourth term.

"We can not respect people who knowingly mislead the underage kids, in fact, asking them, while promising some sort of rewards, to participate in an illegal event", Peskov said, according to CNN.

Police in helmets and body armour swiftly moved to halt a protest which drew around 100 people.

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Navalny last Sunday organised protests in cities across Russian Federation, most of which were not authorised by municipal officials.

A 50-minute report was uploaded to YouTube on March 2 that claimed Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev created "a corruption empire" that included several luxury properties and objects, according to CNN.

Among them was a 16-year-old boy called Pavel Dyatlov who became a symbol of youth protest in last week's rally when he was photographed climbing up a lamppost. "Even now, here, we see people are being detained, provocateurs appear".

Posts on Facebook linked the protest to a little-known nationalist group called Novaya Oppozitsiya, or New Opposition, which called for people to turn out in support of those detained last week. The website OVD-Info, which tracks police actions against protesters, said that one man who was detained carried a Russian flag and shouted "Putin is No. 1!"

Navalny, who is now serving a 15-day jail term for disobeying police at last week's rally, has distanced himself from the latest protest.

Russia's Interfax news agency reported that about 400 people had taken part in an authorised anti-corruption rally in the Siberian city of Novosibirsk.

Among the detainees today was 17-year old high-school student Roman Shingarkin, whose father is a former member of parliament who supports President Vladimir Putin, a witness said.

  • Megan Austin