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Protesters attempt to break through a police cordon on Saturday. Photo: Maxim Zmeyev/AFP/Getty Images

More than 1,300 protestors were arrested in Moscow Saturday, following a police roundup of local politicians attempting to challenge President Vladimir Putin's party for city office, according to OVD-Info, an independent police monitoring group.

Details: Video posted by journalists and activists on social media appeared to show riot police using batons on protesters at the rally, which was not authorized by authorities. At least 1 woman and a man appeared to sustain serious head wounds in the clashes, according to Reuters. The majority of protestors arrested have since been released, but 150 remain in police custody, per AP.

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Why it matters: Demonstrators say the crackdown is the harshest since a wave of anti-Kremlin protests in 2011–12, per Reuters. Protestors are calling for fair elections and for opposition and independent candidates to be able to run for city council.

  • About 30 independent candidates have been disqualified from Moscow's September city council elections based on claims that candidates improperly obtained required signatures of support.

The big picture: The Kremlin's grip on local elections restricts Putin's critics from gaining legitimate political power. Putin, now in his second 6-year term, has dealt with dropping public support, declining Russian incomes and living standards, and protests over unpopular pension restrictions.

  • Last week's Moscow protests attracted about 22,500 people, the Washington Post notes.
  • Saturday's protest saw about 3,500 participants, according to police. Officers began making arrests at the latest rally before the crowd had fully gathered, per the New York Times.
In photos
Police detain a woman during the rally in support of rejected independent candidates in the upcoming local election. Photo: Sergei Bobylev/TASS via Getty Images
Police officers wield batons at the rally held by Russian opposition groups in central Moscow. Photo: Sergei Bobylev/TASS via Getty Images
Police close in on protesters. Photo: Sergei Bobylev/TASS via Getty Images
A detained protester shows a placard reading "I have the right to choose" from the window of a police vehicle. Photo: Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP/Getty Images

This article has been updated with more details on the protest, including the estimated number of arrests.

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U.S. grants temporary protected status to thousands of Venezuelans

Venezuelan citizens participate in the vote for the popular consultation in December 2020, as part of a protest against Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro in Doral, Florida. Photo: Chandan Khanna/AFP

Venezuelans living in the United States will be eligible to receive temporary protected status for 18 months, the Department of Homeland Security announced Monday.

Why it matters: Tens of thousands of Venezuelans have fled to the U.S. amid economic, political and social turmoil back home. Former President Trump, on his last full day in office, granted some protections to Venezuelans through the U.S. Deferred Enforced Departure program, but advocates and lawmakers said the move didn't go far enough.

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Decades of the slow economic progress women made catching up to men evaporated in just one year.

Why it matters: As quickly as those gains were erased, it could take much, much longer for them to return — a warning Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen issued today.

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