Prime Minister John Key has briefly discussed the Kiwi protesters detained in Russia with Russian leader Vladimir Putin.
"I asked him if he was aware of that ... and what he could tell me,'' Key said.
He said Putin was "absolutely aware'' that there were Kiwis involved and gave an assurance to Key that it would go through the appropriate Russian judicial system.
Key said people such as the protesters had to consider the risks of their actions and New Zealand would continue to advocate for them to ensure they were properly looked after.
"But in the end we can't interfere in their system anymore than we would interfere with a Russian citizen who was facing charges in New Zealand.
We'd let it run it's judicial process.''
Key would not comment on whether the charges they faced we're warranted.
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