Putin critic Alexei Navalny detained ahead of protest

Navalny Supporters Holding Anticorruption Protests Across Russia

Police have detained Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny at the entrance of his home before a rally in Moscow, but the protest will still go ahead, his wife says.

Navalny's wife, Yulia, reported news of his detention at his home in Moscow on his official Twitter feed.

Although city authorities had agreed to a location for the Moscow protest, Navalny called for it to be moved to Tverskaya Street, one of Moscow's main thoroughfares.

It warned that authorities would take all necessary measures to prevent provocations or any action threatening public security.

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The Moscow demonstration was one of a nationwide day of protests Monday spearheaded by Alexei Navalny, the anti-corruption campaigner who has become the Kremlin's most prominent critic.

The scale and geographical reach of Monday's protests will show whether Navalny can continue to pressure the Kremlin, after similar protests in March were shut down.

The protest Monday was part of a day of demonstrations throughout Russian Federation spearheaded by Alexei Navalny, the anti-corruption campaigner who has emerged as Russia's most prominent opposition figure and who has announced he intends to run for president next year. His report on alleged corruption connected to Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev was the focus of the March protests.

Navalny argues that he was forced to call people to another unauthorised rally, claiming that no firm would supply a stage, screens or speakers for the protest he had been given permission for. Navalny's key demographic among his supporters includes teenagers and students who have grown up only knowing Putin's rule.

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While Putin has yet to confirm his candidacy for the March 2018 polls, chief critic Navalny is already on a whistlestop tour of Russian Federation, opening campaign offices and trying to collect the 300,000 signatures needed to enter the race - despite doubts he'll be allowed to stand.

Navalny, who had a caustic green liquid thrown in his face in April, robbing him of some of his sight, said he expected demonstrations from Moscow to Murmansk. It is a national holiday, and a whole series of official events are already planned on Tverskaya Street to mark Russia Day - including some military re-enactments.

In this photo taken on Saturday, June 10, 2017, Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny speaks to people in the city of Izhevsk, about 1000 kilometers (625 miles) east of Moscow, Russia.

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