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06 May, 2018, 05:10 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
  • Russian President Vladimir Putin attends his New Year address to Russians in central Moscow

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was detained by police on Saturday after arriving at a rally in central Moscow to protest against President Vladimir Putin, an ally of the politician said.

At least 1,029 people were held in 19 cities, according to independent monitoring group OVD-Info.

Navalny, who organized the protest in Moscow and in several other cities in Russian Federation, was arrested shortly after arriving at the event for illegal protest organization.

Police arrested 1,350 people nationwide during the demonstrations, human rights portal OVD-Info reported.

Reports say he was forced to stay at a secret location on Friday night in order to make it to the Moscow rally at all.

Hundreds of anti-Putin protesters have been detained. So, in Yakutsk, 74 people were detained, in Krasnoyarsk - 43, in Chelyabinsk - 39, in Novokuznetsk - 26.

"The country needs changes", a 20-year-old protester, Stepan Duvanov, said in Saint Petersburg.




Rallies were expected in up to 90 cities and towns on May 5, including Moscow and St. Petersburg, although few have received authorization from local officials.

OVD-Info, an organization that monitors political repression, said more than 350 people had been arrested nationwide, but that figure came before protests in the western reaches of Russian Federation had ended.

"I feel that Putin is not worthy of main this nation". But with neighboring Armenia offering an example of the potential threat from street protests, Russian authorities aren't taking any chances.

The rallies were deemed "unlawful" by police.

More than 1,000 protesters were arrested Saturday ahead of Vladimir Putin's presidential inauguration. Iraida Nikolaeva screamed, operating after police in Moscow after they detained her son. Putin won 77 percent of the vote in the last election.

Navalny, a long-time Putin nemesis and anti-corruption campaigner, organized the nationwide rallies under the slogan "He is not our czar" in response to the president's re-election in March. Authorities in many places, including Moscow, denied permits. Though multiple candidates did nominally oppose Putin in the election, Navalny has said only those "who don't pose the slightest threat" to Putin were allowed to run.

Speaking on radio, prominent political analyst Stanislav Belkovsky said that throwing a Kremlin banquet for the elites "when the number of poor people is sharply rising due to Western sanctions and counter-sanctions" is now seen as an unaffordable luxury.

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