Transcript for Anti-government protesters clash with police in Russia
Violent clashes between anti-government protesters and Russian police. The rare images we're seeing tonight. ABC's Maggie Rulli has the latest. Reporter: Tonight, one of the largest protests in Russia's recent history. Masked police confronting ten of thousands of protesters. This activist abruptly hauled away. She's one of thousands arrested. The crackdown growing violent. Russians braving bitter temperatures, sometimes fighting with snowballs. Protesting against the imprisonment of alexei navalny, the well-known opposition leader arrested immediately after he returned to Moscow last week. Navalny had been poisoned with a nerve agent, heard here in pain on a flight. He blames Russian president Vladimir Putin for the attack. Support for navalny spreading to regions that rarely see protests. Navalny's wife posting this photo on Instagram when she was detained. She was later released. The U.S. State department is going beyond condemning these mass arrests. They're calling for protesters and navalny himself to be released. Tom? Maggie Rulli covering the developments out of Russia tonight. Back here at home to
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