Alexei Navalny, a Russian opposition leader, has been arrested in Moscow after he attended a protest in support of a presidential election boycott.

Mr. Navalny tweeted that he has been arrested by Russian police and urged his supporters to join protests across Russia.

Earlier on Sunday, Russian police raided his offices in Moscow and reportedly seized some equipment and documents in the office.

The most vocal critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin is barred from running in the upcoming presidential election.

Navalny posted a footage on Twitter showing him being taken down to the ground by policemen during his arrest.

“The detention of one person is meaningless if there are many of us. Someone, come and replace me,” Navalny tweeted.

Dozens of protests are being held in a number of Russian cities to boycott the upcoming presidential election.

However, the Russian authorities have not granted the permit for protest in Moscow and St Petersburg.

It was reported that more than 180 people have been arrested across the country.

A spokesperson for the opposition leader said policemen used a power tool to break into the office, adding that they said they were investigating a bomb threat.

The demonstrations came after weeks of pressure on Navalny’s supporters across Russia, who have faced detentions and had leaflets in support of the rallies confiscated.

Navalny, who claims he would defeat President Putin in a fair fight, is barred from running in the upcoming election over a criminal conviction, of which he said it was politically motivated.

The opposition leader led mass street protests against Putin in the winter of 2011-12 and was arrested three times in 2017 for organizing unauthorized anti-Putin protests.

Putin retains a massive approval rating in Russia and is widely expected to win a fourth six-year term in office.


More details to follow. Image 1 of Alexei Navalny from Fox News.

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