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Corruption protests held across Russia; arrests reported

  • Police detain a protester in downtown Moscow, Russia, Sunday, May 26, 2017. Russia's leading opposition figure Alexei Navalny and his supporters aim to hold anti-corruption demonstrations throughout Russia. But authorities are denying permission and police have warned they won't be responsible for "negative consequences" or unsanctioned gatherings. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

    Police detain a protester in downtown Moscow, Russia, Sunday, May 26, 2017. Russia's leading opposition figure Alexei Navalny and his supporters aim to hold anti-corruption demonstrations throughout Russia. But authorities are denying permission and police have warned they won't be responsible for "negative consequences" or unsanctioned gatherings. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)  (The Associated Press)

  • Russian special police gather in downtown Moscow, Russia, Sunday, May 26, 2017. Russia's leading opposition figure Alexei Navalny and his supporters aim to hold anti-corruption demonstrations throughout Russia. But authorities are denying permission and police have warned they won't be responsible for "negative consequences" or unsanctioned gatherings. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

    Russian special police gather in downtown Moscow, Russia, Sunday, May 26, 2017. Russia's leading opposition figure Alexei Navalny and his supporters aim to hold anti-corruption demonstrations throughout Russia. But authorities are denying permission and police have warned they won't be responsible for "negative consequences" or unsanctioned gatherings. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)  (The Associated Press)

  • Police detain a protester in downtown Moscow, Russia, Sunday, March 26, 2017. Russia's leading opposition figure Alexei Navalny and his supporters aim to hold anti-corruption demonstrations throughout Russia. But authorities are denying permission and police have warned they won't be responsible for "negative consequences" or unsanctioned gatherings. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

    Police detain a protester in downtown Moscow, Russia, Sunday, March 26, 2017. Russia's leading opposition figure Alexei Navalny and his supporters aim to hold anti-corruption demonstrations throughout Russia. But authorities are denying permission and police have warned they won't be responsible for "negative consequences" or unsanctioned gatherings. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)  (The Associated Press)

Russian protesters denouncing government corruption have gathered in cities across Russia and arrests have been reported.

The Sunday protests appear to be one of the largest coordinated outpouring of dissatisfaction since the massive 2011-12 demonstrations following a fraud-tainted parliamentary election.

As of midday in Moscow, state news media had kept silent about the protests. News websites and social media, however, were reporting demonstrations in cites from Vladivostok in the Far East to Yekaterinburg in the Urals. Dozens of arrests were reported in Vladivostok.

Protesters plan to hold unsanctioned rallies in Moscow and St. Petersburg in the afternoon.

The demonstrations are driven by opposition leader Alexei Navalny and focus on his recent claims that Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has amassed a collection of mansions, yachts and vineyards.