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In celebration of Russia Day, Russians gathered in cities across the country this morning to protest government corruption, in what could be the biggest protest Russia has seen for years. City governments and authorities have attempted to ban the rallies, sanction them to side roads and arrest protestors, according to NYT.

Arrests: Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, who orchestrated the protests, was arrested in Moscow this morning. There have been reports of other arrests, including three teenage girls in Petersburg, according to Financial Times' correspondent Max Seddon.

Why it matters: Navalny organized nation-wide protests in March as well, after which he was jailed for 15 days. The protests also serve as Navalny's attempt to force the Kremlin to let him run against President Putin in the 2018 presidential election. A felony conviction has held him back, but he claims the conviction was politically motivated.

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In photos: D.C. and U.S. states on alert for pre-inauguration violence

National Guard troops stand behind security fencing with the dome of the U.S. Capitol Building behind them, on Jan. 16. Photo: Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

Security has been stepped up in Washington, D.C., and state capitols across the U.S. as authorities brace for potential violence this weekend.

Driving the news: Following the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol by some supporters of President Trump, the FBI has said there could be armed protests in D.C. and in all 50 state capitols in the run-up to President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration Wednesday.

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Rep. Lou Correa tests positive for COVID-19

Lou Correa. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

Rep. Lou Correa (D-Calif.) announced on Saturday that he has tested positive for the coronavirus.

Why it matters: Correa is the latest Democratic lawmaker to share his positive test results after last week's deadly Capitol riot. Correa did not shelter in the designated safe zone with his congressional colleagues during the siege, per a spokesperson, instead staying outside to help Capitol Police.