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A detained woman looks out of a police bus 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/Ivan Sekretarev)

Massive protests are rocking Russia after the prime minister was accused of corruption


UPDATE 11:35 a.m.: RT tweeted around 500 people were arrested in Moscow alone.

ORIGINAL STORY:  Thousands of people crowded Moscow and other major Russian cities on Sunday to protest the government after reports that the prime minister was making millions on his political position.

Alexei Navalany, an anti-corruption campaigner who is leading the opposition to President Vladimir Putin, was arrested Sunday. His Foundation for Fighting Corruption called for the protests, the nation's largest since the 2011-2012 demonstrations after a fraud-tainted parliamentary election.

Here's a look at the chaotic scene.

It's scary, but if everyone is afraid, no one would come out onto the streets.
Yana Aksyonova, protester

Navalny's group had reported that Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev had obtained multiple mansions, yachts and vineyards. He also said Medvedev had bought a house for raising ducks, so many of the protester's signs showed yellow duck bath toys. 

He has not been investigated for corruption after the reports broke. 

You can see some of the duck toy signs in this tweet.

Here's a look at the crowd in St. Petersburg.

Here's a closer look.

A Guardian reporter said he was detained for taking a photo.

At least 25 people were reported arrested in the eastern port of Vladivostok, and 12 others were arrested in Khabarovsk.

Some demonstrators wore green face paint, referencing an attack on Navalny where someone sprayed green antiseptic liquid in his face.

Massive protests are rocking Russia after the prime minister was accused of corruption

WATCH | Here's the moment Navalny was assaulted.

The protests drew the attention of Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE).

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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