Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny 'arrested on way to protest'

12 June, 2017, 15:49 | Author: Clay Erickson
  • 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

An Associated Press reporter saw at least three demonstrators detained on Tverskaya Street, a main thoroughfare leading from the Red Square area.

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

The demonstration had received official sanction to be held in another location, but Navalny called for a last minute change, citing interference in building a stage for speakers.

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny takes part in a protest in Moscow on May 14, 2017, against the city's controversial plan to knock down Soviet-era apartment blocks and redevelop old neighborhoods.

Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, who organised the protest, was detained near the entrance to his home earlier on Monday as he was heading to the protest venue.

Small protests have also been reported in cities in the Russian Far East, the BBC reports.

There are expectations of numbers matching those reached on 26 March when several tens of thousands of protesters gathered behind Navalny, leader of the opposition and candidate in next year's presidential election.

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As police detained demonstrators, hundreds of others shouted slogans including "Putin is a thief" and "Shame!"

Navalny argues that he was forced to call people to another unauthorised rally, claiming that no firm would supply a stage, screens or speakers for the protest he had been given permission for. Police arrested 1,500 people nationwide, including more than 1,000 in Moscow, and a handful are being prosecuted for attacking police.

The video included an alleged recording of a telephone conversation with a contractor who said his bosses told him it was "forbidden" to provide services to Navalny's group.

Navalny's wife Yulia said on his Twitter feed that he was arrested outside his home about a half-hour before the demonstration was to begin.

Navalny supporters were demonstrating across Russian Federation, with several arrested as police warned organisers against holding an unauthorised rally in Moscow.

Police have warned that they will take action if protesters break the law.

The nationwide scale of the March protests and the participation of a large number of young people came as a surprise to the Kremlin, which faces an uphill task to ensure a decisive re-election for Putin in nine months' time amid a steep fall in living standards after the longest recession in two decades.

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