Moscow police detaining opposition protesters

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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.

He was arrested at the entrance of his home today, his wife wrote on his Twitter account, posting a photo of him getting into a police vehicle.

Mr Navalny earlier called on supporters to attend anti-corruption rallies across Russian Federation.

More than 1,000 protesters were arrested at a similar rally March 26.

Mr Navalny said contractors hired to build a stage at the agreed-upon venue could not do their work.

For that reason, he said he was switching the venue to Tverskaya Street, Moscow's main avenue near the Kremlin.

"Any provocative actions by the protesters will be viewed as threat to public order and immediately thwarted", the police said.


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.

In statements to a local radio station, Moscow's police chief Vladimir Chernikov warned that officers would detain anyone caught breaching peace with placards and slogans.

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. He had also demanded that Russia's Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev tender his resignation. Navalny's key demographic among his supporters includes teenagers and students who have grown up only knowing Putin's rule.

So the opposition leader called for a march through central Moscow instead.

Navalny's Fund for Fighting Corruption had been providing updates on protests throughout the country Monday. It remains unclear too whether the Kremlin will let Navalny run for the presidency.

Navalny, who had a caustic green liquid thrown in his face in April, robbing him of some of his sight, said he expected demonstrations from Moscow to Murmansk.

Russian Interior Ministry buses and cars are parked along the Tverskaya street in downtown Moscow, Russia, Monday, June 12, 2017.

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