The state Department condemned the detention of participants of peaceful protest in Russia

State Department spokesman Heather Nauert said that the U.S. condemns the arrests of more than 200 protesters against Putin, which were held throughout Russia.

Neuert wrote on his Twitter page that the state Department urges the Russian authorities for the immediate release of peaceful protesters.

«Leaders who are confident in their own legitimacy, not to arrest peaceful opponents for protest», – said the speaker of the state Department.

The United States condemns #Russia’s detention of hundreds of peaceful protestors and calls for their immediate release. Leaders who are secure in their own legitimacy don’t arrest their opponents for peaceful protesting.

— Heather Nauert (@statedeptspox) May 5, 2018

«The United States condemns the detention in Russia of hundreds of peaceful protesters. We call for their immediate release. Leaders who are confident in their own legitimacy, not to arrest peaceful opponents for protest.»

During an unauthorized demonstration in Moscow also detained the organizer of the action «He is not our king» and the main opposition leader Alexei Navalny. He was released from custody on Sunday (may 6) after midnight. The politician wrote on Twitter that the Moscow police drew up two protocols of its offenses: on the organization of the rally and resistance to police.

Apparently the team came «before the inauguration not to plant». I have two protocols: the organization of the meeting and resisting police. But twelve-thirty at night decided to release from the police Department to court. Photo: my «offenses». Well, all right, th

— Alexey Navalny (@navalny) May 5, 2018

Despite the protests, today (7 may) Vladimir Putin took the oath of the President of Russia, thus it is the fourth time he occupied the post of head of state.

Street artists of Saint-Petersburg from the art group «Reality» dedicated to graffiti the inauguration of the President, which depicted a scene from «Swan lake». Creative Association hinted that this painting is a reference to the events of the August coup in 1991, when all the channels showed Tchaikovsky’s ballet instead of demonstrations.