In light of the recent actions taken against Russian opposition leader, politician, lawyer, and anti-corruption activist Alexei Navalny, thousands upon thousands of Russian people took to the streets to protest.

More specifically, the great public backlash was sparked by a number of things, primarily the poisoning and arrest of Alexei Navalny, lack of an adequate response from Putin’s cabinet, and the release of Palace for Putin, a documentary that discusses the alleged government corruption by Vladimir Putin over the building of the Residence at Cape Idokopas, Gelendzhik Urban Okrug, Krasnodar Krai, Russia.

Since January 23, protests against the Russian government have been held in over 100 towns and cities, including the now-famous protest in the Siberian city of Yakutsk, where the temperature scale went down to -50 Celsius or -58 Fahrenheit, so talk about dedication!

Bored Panda has collected some of the most stunning pictures of the protests, which you can check out and discuss below.

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A picture of protesters out in Yakutsk where it's -51 degrees

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Isaac7lego
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1 year ago

Thats dedication!!!!

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Massive anti-corruption protests are happening in Russia right now

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Courage.
We've seen this time after time.
Fearless women standing up to riot police and injustice.
This time, during mass protests in Russia calling for the release of Alexei Navalny

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Eugenia
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1 year ago

And I bet she is saying nasty things to the guys to provoke them for an attack on herself

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As mentioned previously, the peaceful protests have three main causes: first, it was the poisoning of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, for which he was treated in Germany, and his arrest when he got back.

Second, there was the inadequate response issued by the Russian Government, namely Putin’s Cabinet. This includes everything that has happened to Navalny and is quite likely fueled by the ongoing inadequate actions taken against protesters—beatings, among other human rights violations.

And third, much of the movement was also encouraged by the release of the documentary A Palace for Putin: The Story of the Biggest Bribe, a documentary narrated by Alexei Navalny himself and distributed by the Anti-Corruption Foundation of Russia.

Apart from this, some also speculate that people are just too tired of everything that has already happened prior to the recent events, and are protesting because it’s time for a change. The current protests fight for the release of Alexei Navalny and Vladimir Putin’s resignation as President.

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This pro-Navalny protest in Yakutsk in the negative 50C absolutely blows my mind

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Hilary Mol
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1 year ago

No matter what your opinion is of Russia at the moment, you have to admit that they're badass when it comes to living in extreme cold and snow. (I couldn't do it, and I LOVE cold/winter.)

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One of the largest protests against corruption in Russia.

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CHRISTOPHER BRIDGER
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1 year ago

Go! For mother Russia! (insert Stalin joke here)

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People were bringing toilet brushes with them to protests after watching Navalny YouTube film where he alledges that toilet brush in Putin alledged house costs over $600, together with a toilet paper holder it talls to $1500 overall price for those two bathroom accessories

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Roxy Eastland
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1 year ago

It was supposedly worth $800 or £600. Either way though, what the heck? On a toilet brush?

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Over 100 cities and towns across Russia were reported to have protests tied to Navalny and subsequent issues. Reports on the exact number of locations protesting is unclear as the issue is still ongoing, but as it stands now, it is said that there are between 112 and 122.

Moscow and Saint Petersburg were home to some of the largest protests, with records claiming an attendance of up to 70,000 people. Yekaterinburg, Kazan, Nizhny Novgorod, Krasnodar, and Novosibirsk, among many other cities, had thousands of people take to the streets. It is estimated that over 120,000 people attended the protests nationwide.

Heaps upon heaps of visual footage and interesting photos have become available online, detailing every angle and detail of the protests, recording not only just how big the anti-corruption movement really is in the country, but also the state brutality against its citizens.

People were most baffled by footage of Yakutskians coming to protest—in negative 50 degrees Celsius (negative 58 degrees Fahrenheit)! That’s so cold, your spit could turn into ice by the time it reaches the ground. Yekaterinburg also recorded minus 30°C (minus 22°F) during protests, which isn’t as hardcore, but it still shows just how dedicated people are.

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People came outside for peaceful protests. But our government gave an order to police to attack. It is unfair. It is terrible. It is not right. We need to fight against despotism

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DforDory
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1 year ago

A picture of a million words. Authorities trying to silence the people- literally.

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Marc
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1 year ago

If it wasn't for those blue uniforms, you wouldn't know if it was a demo in Russia or a BLM demo in the US. The images are similar.

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This pro-Navalny protest in Yakutsk in the negative 50C absolutely blows my mind...

Russian police detained around 2,500 protesters across the country during mass rallies in support of jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny on Saturday!

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Bruce Scheiman
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1 year ago

What a Beautiful Moment! SOLIDARITY💕 SPEAKS UNITY, WHAT WORDS CAN NOT

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People came outside for peaceful protests. But our government gave an order to police to attack. It is unfair. It is terrible. It is not right. We need to fight against despotism

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CHRISTOPHER BRIDGER
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1 year ago

Convince American's that somehow their rights are being violated at this and they will come help the Russian protesters.

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Bruce Scheiman
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1 year ago

Such a Awesome S I G H T ITs about time, they have enough of that putin

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Today’s protests in Russia, in one image

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The current Navalny Protests are the largest in Russia in some time, spreading out throughout Russia’s 11 time zones, not just Moscow

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Bruce Scheiman
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1 year ago

I can't even! That's got to be hundreds of thousands of people WOO HOO

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Protests in support of Alexei Navalny are taking place across Russia

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Hilary Mol
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1 year ago

It must run in the family. This guy's cousin was part of the January 6 riot in Washington, D.C.

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CARTER RUFF
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1 year ago

why just why

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In Murmansk, north Russia, there is a sizeable turnout at the protest today

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This pro-Navalny protest in Yakutsk in the negative 50C absolutely blows my mind...

Russian police detained around 2,500 protesters across the country during mass rallies in support of jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny on Saturday!

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-50 C, Yakutsk, Russia. Protests in support of Navalny

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CHRISTOPHER BRIDGER
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1 year ago (edited)

I have only been in -20 degrees at most.

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CHRISTOPHER BRIDGER
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1 year ago

What is happening in this picture (I am confused)

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Russia. Protests continue in Moscow and nationwide. Arrests are ongoing, over 1300 detained so far, according to monitoring groups

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Suzanne Haigh
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1 year ago

Police turning against innocent people, not uncommon throughout the world unfortunately

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Some more photos from yesterday protests

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Kateryna
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1 year ago

The actual definition of kicking some ass.

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Protests erupt in Russia after arrest of opposition leader Alexey Navalny

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Suzanne Haigh
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1 year ago

That is it thought isn't it? Given any opposition a bad name or just slam them in jail, that is supposed to be advanced civilizations

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In Murmansk, north Russia, there is a sizeable turnout at the protest today

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CARTER RUFF
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1 year ago

HELP THEM DUDE!!!!

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CARTER RUFF
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1 year ago

god damn piece of s**t m**********n Russian riot officers

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