June 12, 2017 / 6:58 PM / in a year

White House condemns Russia's crackdown on protesters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States condemned Russia’s crackdown on anti-corruption protesters on Monday and called on Moscow to release peaceful demonstrators detained around the country.

Riot police detain a demonstrator during an anti-corruption protest organised by opposition leader Alexei Navalny, on Tverskaya Street in central Moscow. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

“The United States strongly condemns the detention of hundreds of peaceful protesters throughout Russia,” White House spokesman Sean Spicer said at a news briefing. “Detaining peaceful protesters, human rights observers and journalists is an affront to core democratic values.”

Reporting by Ayesha Rascoe and Eric Walsh; Writing by Doina Chiacu; Editing by Paul Simao

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