Russian detains opposition leader Alexei Navalny ahead of anti-Kremlin protests

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Putin-critic Alexei Navalny has been arrested ahead of Monday’s public holiday protests, his wife has announced on Twitter. Navalny’s supporters are expected to mark Russia Day with over 200 rallies nationwide.

Russland Nawalny bem Protest gegen Wohnbaupläne in Moskau (picture-alliance/AP Photo/P. Golovkin)

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was detained by police outside his Moscow home on Monday ahead of an anti-government rally he was going to hold in central Moscow.

Navalny’s wife announced the arrest on Twitter around 40 minutes before the protests were due to start. “Hello, this is Yulia Navalnaya,” she wrote. “Alexei has been detained in the stairwell.”

The protests will still go ahead, she added.

Привет. Это Юля Навальная. Всех с праздником. Алексея задержали в подъезде дома. Он просил передать, что планы не меняются: Тверская.

In a subsequent tweet, she posted a photo of Navalny being…

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