Vladimir Putin Critic Alexei Navalny Detained Ahead Of Nationwide Anti-Kremlin Protests

Vladimir Putin Critic Alexei Navalny Detained Ahead Of Nationwide Anti-Kremlin Protests

Vladimir Putin Critic Alexei Navalny Detained Ahead Of Nationwide Anti-Kremlin Protests

The Kremlin has repeatedly dismissed those allegations and accused Navalny of trying irresponsibly to whip up unrest.

President Vladimir Putin vowed to punish people who broke the law after an estimated 60,000 people protested in March at anti-corruption rallies organised by Navalny that were mostly unsanctioned in 80 cities across Russian Federation, the biggest unrest in five years.

Mr Navalny has announced his candidacy for the presidential election in 2018.

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. "People are not afraid".

Police detained as many as 750 in Moscow and 900 in St. Petersburg, according to OVD-Info, an independent monitoring agency.

Alexei Navalny is seen being detained by police outside his apartment in Moscow in this photo provided by the Navalny Anti Corruption Fund.

The charges stemmed from a high-profile investigation that was made public by Navalny and his Anti-Corruption Foundation earlier this year.

The activist's spokeswoman also confirmed that electricity had been cut at his office - temporarily disrupting an online feed of nationwide demonstrations.

Mr Navalny, a former lawyer who was partly blinded after having a green liquid thrown in his face in April, has previously been jailed for his role in leading protests.

"Since the 1990s, we have seen courageous women in Russia's civil groups and journalism, who choose to [take a] risk and make a difference because they are free people and want to live in a free Russian Federation", said Tatiana Lokshina, program director of Human Rights Watch in Moscow. "It's been unchanged for the last 17 years".

Alexei Borsenko, a Vladivostok demonstrator who eluded a police attempt to detain him, cited Iceland's prime minister stepping down in the fallout from the "Panama Papers" scandal, while "our prime minister is caught on such big corruption cases and he doesn't go anywhere". Mr. Medvedev denies the claims.

"I'm not afraid if I get detained", Dima said. Moscow's interior ministry office said around 4,500 people had taken part there.

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny talks to journalists during a hearing at a court in Moscow, Russia, June 12, 2017.

The protest ended up coinciding with City Hall Russia Day events such as the reenactment of various eras in Russian history, from World War I trenches to a Renaissance fair and sword fighting.

Navalny then laid the groundwork for the June 12 rallies, crisscrossing Russian Federation to open campaign offices and meet volunteers, many who have known no national leader other than Putin.

Officials had set up barriers along Tverskaya Street, and were admitting members of the public only once they had passed through airport-style metal detectors. In Moscow, thousands of angry protesters held an unsanctioned rally on Tverskaya, the capital's main street. Authorities have said the protest is illegal. Twenty-two people were detained, including three believed to be minors. It is unclear too if the Kremlin will even let Navalny run for the presidency.

Navalny was detained by police on Monday outside his home that didn't stop the massive protests he'd organized for the same day.

Navalny, 41, has been mobilizing support on social networks in the hope the rallies will rattle the Kremlin, as those held earlier this year did. The first took place in about a hundred Russian cities on March 26 and was the country's largest political protest since 2011. "Russia is an authoritarian regime, and I want to change it into a Democracy", he said.

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