Vladimir Putin breaks his silence about large protests in Russia

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has remained notably silent about the mass anti-corruption protests occurring in that nation just days ago.

On Thursday, he made his public comments on the issue.

During his visit to Arkhangelsk, a city in the northern part of the country, Putin said, "The fight against corruption has become an instrument for selfish political goals. I think it isn't right when certain political forces try to use this tool to promote themselves ahead of some political events, including electoral campaigns."

Scenes from the Russian protests

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Police officers detain an opposition supporter during a rally in Vladivostok, Russia, March 26, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Maltsev
Police officers detain an opposition supporter during a rally in Vladivostok, Russia, March 26, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Maltsev
Opposition supporters attend a rally in Vladivostok, Russia, March 26, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Maltsev
Law enforcement officers run in front of a van transporting detained anti-corruption campaigner and opposition figure Alexei Navalny during a rally in Moscow, Russia, March 26, 2017. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov
An opposition supporter blocks a police van transporting detained anti-corruption campaigner and opposition figure Alexei Navalny during a rally in Moscow, Russia, March 26, 2017. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov
An opposition supporter (C) blocks a police van transporting detained anti-corruption campaigner and opposition figure Alexei Navalny during a rally in Moscow, Russia, March 26, 2017. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov
A law enforcement officer detains an opposition supporter during a rally in Moscow, Russia, March 26, 2017. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov
Law enforcement officers detain an opposition supporter during a rally in Moscow, Russia March 26, 2017. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov
Opposition supporters attend a rally in Moscow, Russia, March 26, 2017. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov
A law enforcement officer climbs on a lamp pole to detain opposition supporters during a rally in Moscow, Russia, March 26, 2017. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Law enforcement officers line up along a street as they block a rally in Moscow, Russia, March 26, 2017. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin
Law enforcement officers line up along a street as they block a rally in Moscow, Russia, March 26, 2017. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin
Law enforcement officers detains an opposition supporter during a rally in Moscow, Russia, March 26, 2017. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov
Law enforcement officers gather as they block opposition supporters in Moscow, Russia, March 26, 2017. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov
Law enforcement officers detain an opposition supporter during a rally in Moscow, Russia, March 26, 2017. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin?
MOSCOW, RUSSIA - MARCH 26: Russian riot policemen stand guard as people take part in an opposition rally on March 26, 2017 in Moscow. (Photo by Sefa Karacan/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
MOSCOW, RUSSIA - MARCH 26: Russian riot policemen stand guard as people take part in an opposition rally on March 26, 2017 in Moscow. (Photo by Sefa Karacan/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
MOSCOW, RUSSIA - MARCH 26: Russian riot police detain protesters during an opposition rally on March 26, 2017 in Moscow. (Photo by Sefa Karacan/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
SAINT-PETERSBURG, RUSSIA - MARCH 26: Protesters attend a demonstration against Russian Prime-minister Dmitry Medvedev on the Mars field in St Petersburg, Russia on March 26, 2017. (Photo by Sergey Mihailicenko/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
SAINT-PETERSBURG, RUSSIA - MARCH 26: Protesters attend a demonstration against Russian Prime-minister Dmitry Medvedev on the Palace square in St Petersburg, Russia on March 26, 2017. (Photo by Sergey Mihailicenko/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
SAINT-PETERSBURG, RUSSIA - MARCH 26: Protesters attend a demonstration against Russian Prime-minister Dmitry Medvedev on the Palace square in St Petersburg, Russia on March 26, 2017. (Photo by Sergey Mihailicenko/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
SAINT-PETERSBURG, RUSSIA - MARCH 26: Protesters attend a demonstration against Russian Prime-minister Dmitry Medvedev on the Griboedov channel in St Petersburg, Russia on March 26, 2017. (Photo by Sergey Mihailicenko/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
SAINT-PETERSBURG, RUSSIA - MARCH 26: Protesters is seen during demonstration against Russian Prime-minister Dmitry Medvedev on the Palace square in St Petersburg, Russia on March 26, 2017. (Photo by Sergey Mihailicenko/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
SAINT-PETERSBURG, RUSSIA - MARCH 26: Police detain a protestor during a demonstration against Russian Prime-minister Dmitry Medvedev on the Vosstania square in St Petersburg, Russia on March 26, 2017. (Photo by Sergey Mihailicenko/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
SAINT-PETERSBURG, RUSSIA - MARCH 26: Protesters attend a demonstration against Russian Prime-minister Dmitry Medvedev on the Nevsky prospect in St Petersburg, Russia on March 26, 2017. (Photo by Sergey Mihailicenko/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
MOSCOW, RUSSIA - MARCH 26: (RUSSIA OUT) Russian riot policemen detain an opposition activist during a protest rally at Pushkinskaya Square, in Moscow, Russia, March 26, 2017. Russia's leading opposition figure Alexei Navalny and his supporters aim anti-corruption demonstrations against Prime Minister Medvedev and President Putin throughout Russia, but authorities are denied permission. Hundreds activists were detained in Moscow. (Photo by Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images)
MOSCOW, RUSSIA - MARCH 26: Russian riot policemen stand guard as people take part in an opposition rally on March 26, 2017 in Moscow. (Photo by Sefa Karacan/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
MOSCOW, RUSSIA - MARCH 26: (RUSSIA OUT) Russian opposition activists hold an unsantioned protest rally in front of the Pushkin monument at Pushkinskaya Square, March 26, 2017 in Moscow, Russia. Russia's leading opposition figure Alexei Navalny and his supporters aim anti-corruption demonstrations against Prime Minister Medvedev and President Putin throughout Russia, but authorities are denied permission. Hundreds activists were detained in Moscow. (Photo by Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images)
MOSCOW, RUSSIA - MARCH 26: (RUSSIA OUT) Russian riot policemen detain an opposition activist during an unsantioned protest rally in front of the Pushkin monument at Pushkinskaya Square, March 26, 2017 in Moscow, Russia. Russia's leading opposition figure Alexei Navalny and his supporters aim anti-corruption demonstrations against Prime Minister Medvedev and President Putin throughout Russia, but authorities are denied permission. Hundreds activists were detained in Moscow. (Photo by Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images)
Opposition supporters participate in an anti-corruption rally in central Saint Petersburg on March 26, 2017. (Photo by Igor Russak/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Opposition supporters participate in an anti-corruption rally in central Saint Petersburg on March 26, 2017. (Photo by Igor Russak/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Opposition supporters participate in an anti-corruption rally in central Saint Petersburg on March 26, 2017. (Photo by Igor Russak/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Opposition supporters participate in an anti-corruption rally in central Saint Petersburg on March 26, 2017. (Photo by Igor Russak/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
MOSCOW, RUSSIA - MARCH 26: Opposition supporters and Russian police officers are seen during an opposition rally on March 26, 2017 in Moscow. (Photo by Sefa Karacan/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
MOSCOW, RUSSIA - MARCH 26: Opposition supporters take part in an opposition rally on March 26, 2017 in Moscow. (Photo by Sefa Karacan/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
MOSCOW, RUSSIA - MARCH 26: Opposition supporters and Russian police officers are seen during an opposition rally on March 26, 2017 in Moscow. (Photo by Sefa Karacan/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
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According to Bloomberg, he also compared the show of resistance, which drew tens of thousands of people in over 75 Russian cities, to the chaos that followed as a result of Arab Spring.

Putin acknowledged the requests, primarily from the West, that those arrested in connection to the protest be released, but only to downplay them.

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On the matter, he said, "We consider such calls on Russia as purely politicized, with the aim of exerting pressure on the country's internal political life."

White House press secretary Sean Spicer was asked about the protests during his press briefing on Thursday.

Spicer commented, "...when it comes to protests we obviously encourage...the government of Russia to allow the peaceful protest of individuals throughout their country. We obviously support the people to have a voice in every government throughout the world."

Vladimir Putin throughout the years

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Vladimir Putin throughout the years
P362575 05: A class photo with Vladimir Putin, (fourth row, second from left) dated 1966 in St. Petersburg, Russia. (Photo by Laski Diffusion)
368975 01: (AMERICAS ONLY) FILE PHOTO: Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, poses for a photograph in this file photo with his parents Maria and Vladimir Putin in1985 just before his departure to Germany. Putin was sworn in as Russia''s second democratically elected president May 7, 2000, pledging to restore Russia as a great power. (Photo by Laski Diffusion/Newsmakers)
ITAR-TASS: LENINGRAD, USSR. Vladimir Putin seen with his wife Lyudmila and daughter Maria. File photo from family archive was taken in spring 1985. (Photo ITAR-TASS) (Photo by TASS via Getty Images)
St, petersburg mayor anatoly sobchak and austrian chancellor's wife christine vranitzky during a ceremony to name 'austria square' in downtown st, petersburg, austria has pledged to restore the square, future president of russia, vladimir putin, looks on, far left, september 1992. (Photo by: Sovfoto/UIG via Getty Images)
President George Bush meets with President Vladimir Putin at the Catherine Palace in St. Petersburg. Bush was meeting with Putin to thank him for signing the UN resolution demanding disarmament of Iraq. (Photo by ?? Brooks Kraft/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)
KRASNODAR, RUSSIA: Russian acting President Vladimir Putin (L) talks to a boy (R) during his visit to the Children's regional clinic hospital in Krasnodar 11 February 2000. Putin arrived in Krasnodar for a two-day visit to take a part in the All Russia Conference on emergency measures to stabilise and develop the Russian agro-industrial complex. (ELECTRONIC IMAGE) (Photo credit should read SERGEI CHIRIKOV/AFP/Getty Images)
Uzbek president islam karimov helping rf president vladimir putin put on a traditional robe, uzbekistan, december 1999. (Photo by: Sovfoto/UIG via Getty Images)
President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura greet President Vladimir Putin and his wife Lyudmila outside of the Catherine Palace in St. Petersburg. Bush was meeting with Putin to thank him for signing the UN resolution demanding disarmament of Iraq. (Photo by ?? Brooks Kraft/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN - JANUARY4: Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) and Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar (L) pose with their wives Ludmila Putin (2nd L) and Ana Botella before their lunch at Moncloa Palace June 14. Putin said he had no reason to believe the arrest of media magnate Vladimir Gusinsky was politically motivated but vowed to examine the case, which has stirred stormy protest in Moscow. (Photo credit should read SERGEI KARPUKHIN/AFP/Getty Images)
(GERMANY OUT) Vladimir Putin - Politician, Mayor St. Petersburg, Russia - signs an agreement about the marketing of inventions. Second Mayor and Senator of Economics of Hamburg Hans-Juergen Krupp (right) (Photo by Ambor/ullstein bild via Getty Images)
Moscow, russia, outgoing russian president boris yeltsin (r) shaking hands with russian prime minister and acting president vladimir putin (l) as he leaves moscow's kremlin, the seat of russian power,1999. (Photo by: Sovfoto/UIG via Getty Images)
Russian prime minister vladimir putin seen casting his vote during the elections to the state duma, at the polling station #2026 in moscow's kosygina street,moscow, russia, december 19, 1999. (Photo by: Sovfoto/UIG via Getty Images)
N362234 01: (FILE PHOTO) Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin visits Uzbekistan President Islam Karimov on August 16, 1999. President Boris Yeltsin announced on national television Friday, Dec. 31, 1999 that he had resigned and presidential elections will be held within 90 days to replace him. Yeltsin said he was stepping down immediately because he wanted Putin to succeed him. Putin, the country's most popular politician, immediately took control of the government and will serve as acting president until the elections. (photo by Laski Diffusion/Liaison Agency)
SEVEROMORSK, RUSSIA - APRIL 7: Russian President-elect Vladimir Putin watches the tactical exercises of Russia's Northern Fleet in the Barentsevo Sea, 06 April 2000. Vladimir Putin spent the night underwater in a nuclear submarine near the Arctic Circle. (Photo credit should read AFP/AFP/Getty Images)
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