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Russia: US to explain its role in Navalny protests

The United States' embassy in Moscow must explain why it shared information on the protest against the arrest of opposition politician Alexey Navalny on its website, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova stated on Saturday.

"Yesterday, the US embassy in Moscow published 'the protest routes' in Russian cities, and injected the information about a 'march on the Kremlin.' What was that: a setup or an instruction? Even the organizers had not announced these plans," she said.

Several thousand people protested earlier in the day throughout Russia, demanding Navalny's release from prison. The rallies saw the police detaining over 2,000 people, including Navalny's wife Yulia.

Breaking the News / JR