Far From Moscow, Thousands Turn Out To Protest Putin In Siberia's Capital
A wave of anti-government protests swept across Russia on Monday, starting in the Pacific port city of Vladivostok and rolling east, across half-a-dozen time zones.
About 2,000 miles from Moscow, thousands of people in Novosibirsk heeded the call of opposition leader Alexei Navalny for a second round of rallies after nationwide protests in March stunned the Kremlin.
Novosibirsk, the capital of Siberia and Russia's third most populous city, is becoming an important regional center in Navalny's quixotic campaign to run for president next year.
Under the slogan "Corruption is robbing us of our future," protesters in the city marched along the embankment of the Ob River, one of Siberia's great waterways.
Lenin Square, the city's main plaza, as well as other central locations, had already been booked for official celebrations of Russia Day, Monday's national holiday.
Anti-government protesters march in Novosibirsk, the capital of Siberia and Russia's third most populous city, with a banner reading "Corruption steals the future!"