Moscow po­lice de­tain op­po­si­tion chief

The Republican Herald - - NATION/WORLD -

MOSCOW (AP) — Po­lice in Moscow de­tained Rus­sian op­po­si­tion leader Alexei Navalny for most of the day Fri­day in an ap­par­ent bid to pre­vent him from join­ing a rally that he or­ga­nized in an­other city, where sev­eral peo­ple were also de­tained.

Navalny had planned to travel to the Volga River city of Nizhny Nov­gorod where he was to lead a rally, the lat­est in a series of demon­stra­tions he has or­ga­nized across Rus­sia, when he was de­tained early Fri­day. He was kept at a Moscow po­lice sta­tion un­til late evening.

Af­ter he an­nounced his pres­i­den­tial bid last year, Navalny, a top Krem­lin foe and ar­guably Rus­sia’s most pop­u­lar op­po­si­tion politi­cian, in­spired a grass­roots cam­paign in Rus­sian re­gions to sup­port his nom­i­na­tion. The crack­down comes af­ter he held ral­lies in six Rus­sian cities, from Mur­mansk in the north­west to Khabarovsk on the bor­der with China.

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