What are the consequences of being an opposition mouth-piece in Russia? Alexei Navalny was arrested almost immediately upon arriving on the scene and will remain in jail for 15 days.
How did the government respond? By arresting hundreds of participants, including many journalists and media persons who would potentially cover the story. Government officials made a statement declaring the protests illegal, although making sure to add that they always condone opinion-sharing if it is done in a legal and permissible way.