Russian President Vladimir Putin, centre, Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu, right, and Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Navy Nikolai Yevmenov, left, arrive to attend the military parade during the Navy Day celebration in St.Petersburg, Russia, Sunday, July 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky, Pool)

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin led Russia's first major naval parade in years on Sunday, the day after a violent police crackdown on anti-government protesters in Moscow.

Putin on Sunday morning went aboard one of the vessels in the Navy Day parade in St. Petersburg on the Gulf of Finland. The parade, the biggest in years, included 43 ships and submarines and 4,000 troops.

Putin was spending the weekend away from Moscow, the Russian capital, where nearly 1,400 people were detained Saturday in a violent police crackdown on pro-democracy protesters. A Russian group that monitors police arrests gave the figure Sunday, saying it was the largest number of detentions at a rally in the Russian capital this decade.

Police wielded batons and wrestled with protesters around the Moscow City Hall after thousands thronged nearby streets, rallying against a move by election authorities to bar opposition candidates from the Sept. 8 ballot for the Moscow city council.

Russian President Vladimir Putin watches the military parade during the Navy Day celebration in St.Petersburg, Russia, Sunday, July 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky, Pool)
Russian President Vladimir Putin, centre, and Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Navy Nikolai Yevmenov, behind Putin, arrive to attend the military parade during the Navy Day celebration in St.Petersburg, Russia, Sunday, July 28, 2019.(AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky, Pool)
Russian President Vladimir Putin arrives to attend the military parade during the Navy Day celebration in St.Petersburg, Russia, Sunday, July 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky, Pool)
Russian President Vladimir Putin, centre, Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu, left, arrive to attend the military parade during the Navy Day celebration in St.Petersburg, Russia, Sunday, July 28, 2019.(AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky, Pool)
Russian President Vladimir Putin, centre, Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu, right, and Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Navy Nikolai Yevmenov, left, arrive to attend the military parade during the Navy Day celebration in St.Petersburg, Russia, Sunday, July 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky, Pool)
Police officers detain a woman during an unsanctioned rally in the center of Moscow, Russia, Saturday, July 27, 2019. Russian police clashed with demonstrators and have arrested some hundreds in central Moscow during a protest demanding that opposition candidates be allowed to run for the Moscow city council. (AP Photo/ Pavel Golovkin)
Police block a street during an unsanctioned rally in the center of Moscow, Russia, Saturday, July 27, 2019. Russian police clashed with demonstrators and have arrested some hundreds in central Moscow during a protest demanding that opposition candidates be allowed to run for the Moscow city council. (AP Photo/ Pavel Golovkin)
Police officers detain a woman during an unsanctioned rally in the center of Moscow, Russia, Saturday, July 27, 2019. Russian police clashed with demonstrators and have arrested some hundreds in central Moscow during a protest demanding that opposition candidates be allowed to run for the Moscow city council. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)