Wednesday, 21 November, 2018

Russian opposition leader detained briefly in connection to organizing unsanctioned rally

Russian opposition leader detained briefly in connection to organizing unsanctioned rally Russian opposition leader detained briefly in connection to organizing unsanctioned rally
Melinda Barton | 23 February, 2018, 01:25

It's unlikely the election will be anything but a victory lap for President Vladimir Putin, who has held power in Russian Federation for 18 years and claims approval ratings north of 80 percent.

Navalny has called on his supporters to avoid voting in the March 18 elections that President Vladimir Putin is expected to win, instead urging them to monitor polling stations for violations. Earlier, Navalny had predicted that he was likely to be jailed for the period around the election. "I don't understand what happened and why seven people detained me". "They are taking me somewhere", Navalny wrote at about 13:20 on Thursday. In 2017, he led a nationwide grassroots presidential campaign that included protest rallies in many traditionally pro-Kremlin Russian cities.

Navalny was detained at an anti-election protest in Moscow in late January and had his website blocked earlier this month after refusing to remove material covered in a court injunction.

The Associated Press reported that Navalny was detained when leaving a dentist's office in Moscow. As it turned out, the ICR began its background check after a statement by the policeman, which says that Navalny had hit him in the knee.

Still, Putin's critics point to his rough treatment of the opposition as evidence his support is built on authoritarian practices - including the arrest of Navalny's chief of staff, Leonid Volkov, who tweeted Thursday that he had also been detained shortly before Navalny was. On Tuesday, Roman Rubanov, the head of Navalny's anti-corruption foundation, was placed under 10-day administrative arrest on the charge of organizing an unsanctioned rally.