The growing opposition against Russian dissident Alexey Navalny’s arrest has prompted Putin to respond to it, signalling that the unrest worries him.
Besides the killing of a policeman, at least 12 protesters were shot dead in demonstrations across several cities on Sunday. At least two people died earlier in the protests that began on Thursday to draw attention to economic hardship.
The demonstrations sparked by social media posts and a surge in prices of basic food supplies are the largest since the protests that followed the country's disputed 2009 presidential election.
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