Russia police arrest opposition leader Alexei Navalny amid protests

Russian police have arrested opposition leader Alexei Navalny in the capital, Moscow, after he joined nationwide protests he organised demanding fair presidential elections.
A video posted on his Twitter account on Sunday showed several policemen wrestling him to the ground before dragging him into a police bus, surrounded by a crowd of supporters and journalists.
Earlier on Sunday, Russian police raided Navalny’s Moscow office during a live online broadcast of the nationwide protests demanding fair presidential elections.
Roman Rubanov, director of Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation, wrote on Twitter on Sunday morning that the police accused one of the show presenters, Dimitry Nizovtsev, of having a bomb in his phone.
The protests were banned in Moscow and St Petersburg, but Navalny still brought his supporters to the streets in both cities.
Nikolai Lyaskin, Navalny’s Moscow coordinator, was also arrested on Sunday, the Interfax news agency quoted him as saying.

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