Russian opposition leader arrested amid election boycott protests

Supporters of Navalny attend a rally for a boycott of the presidential election in the far eastern city of Vladivostok

Supporters of Navalny attend a rally for a boycott of the presidential election in the far eastern city of Vladivostok

Navalny and several others were seized by police as Russian Federation approaches a presidential election, to be held on 18 March, which is expected to return Putin to power.

He called on his supporters to continue their demonstrations despite his arrest, tweeting: "They have detained me".

Earlier on Sunday, Moscow police raided the office of Navalny's Fund to Fight Corruption organization, which was coordinating the nationwide protests.

Independent radio station Ekho Moskvy reported after his release that Navalny had not yet been presented with a charge.

Navalny emerged as a threat to the Kremlin's tight grip on power on June 12 a year ago, when thousands of his followers defied police prohibitions to protest in cities across Russian Federation. One group skirted the Kremlin, then headed down the Novy Arbat, a prime shopping and entertainment area, and to the riverside government headquarters building informally called the Russian White House. Police did not interfere, a contrast to their typically quick and harsh responses to unauthorized gatherings.

One anchor, Dmitri Nizovtsev, was detained by police during the raid, according to video broadcast by the gheadquarters.

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In Moscow on Sunday, the protesters who had accompanied Navalny until his detention were at times hard to distinguish from the flow of shoppers and sight-seers on Tverskaya Street.

The Interfax agency estimated the number of demonstrators in Moscow at several dozen, while TASS reported about several hundred and Newsru.com about several thousand taking part in the unauthorised protests in Moscow and St Petersburg.

"They took these elections away from us, they took away our votes".

Navalny rose to prominence with detailed reports about corruption among top Russian officials, which he popularized on social media to circumvent state control of television.

"The Kremlin did not allow popular candidates to run in the election and sent a message, saying there would be no competition in the presidential contest", the organisers of the Prague event said.

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