Russian Opposition Leader arrested after political protest

Police also detained several employees of Mr Navalny's Anti Corruption Foundation as well as regional supporters his team said

By 1830 Moscow time (1530 GMT), police had detained 257 protesters nationwide, according to OVD-Info, a non-governmental group that tracks the arrests.

"I don't see any other way to register my protest", said Anna Kanunikova, a 32-year-old English translator, who was carrying a Russian flag.

Footage taken by Mr Navalny's organisation showed nearly a dozen police officers arriving at his Moscow office on Sunday morning and breaking down the door, before entering the studio and interrupting a live broadcast.

Alexei Navalny called for demonstrations ahead of the country's forthcoming presidential election - which take place in March.

Moscow's prosecutors earlier warned organizers of an unsanctioned rally along the central street against violating the legislation on organization of rallies and demonstrations.

Moscow Police said Navalny was taken to a police station for arraignment and to be charged for illegally organizing a protest, according to CNN. The police claimed it was because of a bomb threat, though they detained the man who works at Navalny's Moscow coordinator when they raided the office.

Last month Mr Navalny was barred from running in the election by Russia's central election commission because of a suspended prison sentence for fraud, but thousands still turned out to endorse him for the presidency during demonstrations across the country. Many marchers reportedly took to chanting, "Putin is a thief".

Supporters of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny look out from windows of a building during a rally for a boycott of a March 18 presidential election in St. Petersburg, Russia January 28, 2018.

A dozen buses filled with riot police flanked the square as the protest gradually swelled.

One group of protesters walked several kilometres and reached the government headquarters as police watched on. Putin won the previous election in 2012 on a turnout of 65 percent and authorities are pulling out all the stops to boost the figures this year. Police searched Navalny's campaign offices in several cities ahead of the protests.

Navalny himself served three jail sentences of 15 days, 25 days and 20 days for organising unauthorised protests a year ago.

"They are, like, fake", Ruslan Borodinov, a 25-year-old butcher at the Moscow protest said of the other candidates.

The process in which we are called to participate is not a real election. They grabbed him and forced him to the ground on the pavement, and then dragged him feet first into the patrol wagon, the video footage showed.

Navalny, who has branded the boycott a "voters' strike", was detained shortly after the protests began.

Earlier in the day opposition supporters protested in far eastern Russian Federation and Siberia, including in the northern city of Yakutsk where people rallied despite temperatures of around minus 45 Celsius (minus 49 Fahrenheit). "These are real citizens", Navalny said in a Facebook post.

Related:

Comments

Latest news

Newport County 1 Tottenham 1: Kane spares Spurs FA Cup embarrassment
Spurs made five changes from their draw at Southampton on Sunday, but striker Harry Kane started in attack. In the 67th minute, Heung-Min Son nearly made it 1-1.

French President Macron will make first official state visit during Trump administration
The president didn't host a formal state dinner in his first year of office. The White House has said there's no particular reason for the delay.

Willian, Morata, Courtois Out Of Newcastle United Clash; Conte Expects "Difficult" Game
This competition is very hard . "If you want to accelerate this process, he ( Barkley ) has to play, not only have the training session.

Aubameyang backed to perform for Dortmund against Freiburg
But if they were to have Mkhitaryan and to get Aubameyang with his goals then it would it be a decent transfer window for Arsenal ".

U.S. shutdown over, new deadline looms
Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., who was working to bring together a new bipartisan group of senators to reach an agreement. Another 14% in each party would allow illegal immigrants to stay in the USA but not have a path to citizenship.

Padmaavat Protests: Mob Torches Bus In Gurugram, Damages Schoolbus
When the driver did not comply, the miscreants pelted the vehicle with stones apparently to hurt the children. A school bus was vandalised in Gurgaon while a Haryana Roadways bus was torched on Wednesday.

Marcus Smart Suffers Hand Lacerations Swiping At Picture Frame, Out Two Weeks
The Celtics countered with five players scoring in double-figures, led by Kyrie Irving's 20 points and Jayson Tatum's 18. Boston and Golden State have remained the top teams in their respective conferences all season long.

63 dead, 151 wounded in Kabul bomb blast
The force of the blast shattered windows of surrounding buildings while causing few low-rise structures to collapse. At least 11 people were wounded in the attack. "There were pools of blood". "It targeted our checkpoint".

Debate Heats Up Between Trump, Schumer Over Border Wall
The framework will include a DACA fix and embraces border security principles already laid out by President Trump . The White House will release its framework for a bipartisan immigration plan on Monday .

Apple Wants More Ebook Market, Hire's Amazon's Audible VP
If the new report is true, Apple's push to modernize iBooks could significantly increase the level of competition in online books. But now, Apple is putting books front and center with a renamed app and a much-needed redesign, according to Bloomberg .

IPhone X 'world's best-shipping smartphone' during holidays, Canalys reports
As for the United States, another research firm found that the iPhone X is also selling well in Apple's backyard. It also introduces an OLED display design and a suite of new features for augmented reality applications.

Zverev Flames Out Again At Australian Open; Djokovic Is Hip, Federer Advances
Djokovic is eager to play after an elbow injury left him out of action for six months. So far, world No 2 Federer has won his opening matches without dropping a set.

Apple to release $349 HomePod smart speaker on February 9th
It's later than expected, but Apple's answer to the Amazon Echo and Google Home will be available at Apple Stores next month. The Apple HomePod smart speaker is releasing on February 9, but goes on sale this coming Friday on January 26.

Dolores O'Riordan funeral: Bandmates, family pay tribute to Cranberries singer
People in Limerick, Ireland, honored local hero Dolores O'Riordan in the most beautifully fitting way Monday night. Photographs of the Irish singer performing and one of her with the Pope, were placed along the church walls.

Apple Releases Security Update For macOS Sierra And El Capitan Addressing Meltdown
As with the other operating systems, security is the main reason to update to tvOS 11.2.5, which includes 11 security fixes . Additionally, Apple has also released macOS High Sierra version 10.13.3 that focuses on security, stability, and bug fixes.

Other news