Monday, June 12, 2017

Russian activist Alexei Navalny detained as tens of thousands rally across Russia

MOSCOW — Tens of thousands of protesters turned out across Russia Monday in a nationwide rally against corruption that will also serve as a test of opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s support in his longshot bid to unseat President Vladi­mir Putin. Navalny was quickly detained by police Monday after he called on his followers to gather on Moscow’s main thoroughfare, Tverskaya Street, instead of an approved protest space north of the center. “Alexei told me to pass on to us that the plan hasn’t changed,” Navalny’s wife, Yulya, tweeted. Earlier, Moscow’s general prosecutor had that said Navalny’s change of venue for the demonstration was illegal and police would take action. Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said it was “important to avoid provocations or illegal activities.”

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