Russian opposition leader Navalny arrested

A man is led away after being detained during a demonstration in downtown Moscow Russia Monday. Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny aiming to repeat the nationwide protests that rattled the Kremlin three months ago has called for a last-minute

Mr Navalny's wife Yulia said he was arrested at the entrance to his home in Moscow about half an hour before the demonstration was due to begin.

On everyone's lips is the huge protest on Monday to demand an inquiry into corruption at the highest echelons of power.

But Navalny said late on Sunday that the authorities had pressured firms into refusing to supply him and his allies with sound and video equipment to make themselves heard and seen, a move he said was created to humiliate protesters.

Reuters witnesses saw a police vehicle leaving Mr Navalny's apartment compound at high speed, followed a few minutes later by a minibus carrying around 10 policemen.

The protest Monday was part of a day of demonstrations throughout Russian Federation spearheaded by Alexei Navalny, the anti-corruption campaigner who has emerged as Russia's most prominent opposition figure and who has announced he intends to run for president next year.

Navalny, a Kremlin foe who is seeking to run for president next year, is looking to build on momentum picked up during nationwide protests in March, which drew unexpectedly large crowds and ended with more than 1,000 people detained in Moscow alone.

Navalny said the decision to move the protest came after his organisation failed to find any companies willing to set up stages, sound systems and other crucial elements for a political rally in the area of the city allotted by officials.


Electricity in his office was cut at around the same time as he was detained, briefly bringing down a live feed of nationwide protests, Navalny's spokeswoman said.

It warned that authorities would take all necessary measures to prevent provocations or any action threatening public security.

There is a risk of violence as Mr Navalny's supporters descend on Moscow city centre for an unauthorised protest.

Navalny called the anti-corruption protests after releasing a film alleging that Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev controls a vast fortune through a network of foundations.

Navalny's website reported Monday that protests were held in more than a half-dozen cities in the Far East, including the major Pacific ports of Vladivostok and Khabarovsk and in Siberia's Barnaul.

Navalny has become the most prominent figure in an opposition that has been troubled by factional disputes.

Navalny is trying to get on the ballot for the March 2018 presidential election, in which Putin is widely expected to seek and secure a fourth term as president. He is recovering after an assailant threw green dye in his face in April, the latest in a series of physical attacks.

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