Hundreds of people have been detained during anti-corruption protests in cities across Russia. Speaking with DW, the Vice President of the European Parliament, Alexander Graf Lambsdorff, denounced the arrests.
Alexi Navalny has been freed from prison after serving a 30-day sentence for staging illegal protests. His release coincides with the opening of the FIFA World Cup in Russia.
The economic measures prevent EU citizens and companies from investing in Crimea and Sevastopol. Russia's annexation of the peninsula in 2014 prompted the sanctions.
Nearly 1,600 protesters were arrested during anti-Putin protests across the country. Human rights groups have called on Russian authorities to "immediately release all peaceful protesters."
The streets around Red Square in the center of Moscow have had a distinctly Southern and Latin American flavor as World Cup fever takes hold. But the opening day has not been free of controversy.
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