While in Chuvashia, Chairman of the Audit Chamber of the Russian Federation Sergey Stepashin made a report on the Chamber's activities in 2001. According to him, violations were registered worth 250bn rubles (about $8.3bn) and 5bn (about $167m) were returned to the budget. 56 criminal cases have been filed this year, compared to only 24 over the previous five years in total. "This is the result of our activities, I mean our joint activities with law-enforcement bodies, i.e. the Prosecutor's Office, the Federal Security Service and the Interior Ministry," he said.
More than 3,500 people were detained during unprecedented mass protests that swept across all of Russia in support of Alexey Navalny on January 23