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Navalny Supporters Detained, Warned Ahead Of Anti-Putin Rally

Navalny Supporters Detained, Warned Ahead Of Anti-Putin Rally

The unauthorized protest was part of a day of nationwide demonstrations under the slogan "He is not our czar". Among them was protest organizer Alexei Navalny, the anti-corruption campaigner who is Putin's most prominent foe.

Police warned it would use force and "impact munition" to disperse the rally.

Putin is scheduled to officially assume his fourth presidential term on Monday, with Navalny calling on supporters to take to the streets in at least 90 cities for "He's Not Our Tsar" protests on Saturday.

Officers in riot gear were seen wading into the crowd in Moscow, grabbing some demonstrators and leading them way.




Police made arrests at demonstrations in some other cities, but there was no overall figure immediately available. A helicopter hovered overhead to monitor the crowd.

Russian police move to encompass participants of a liberal opposition rally which was organized by their leader Alexei Navalny, prior to the official inauguration of president Putin, in Moscow, 05 May 2018.

Larger demonstrations are expected in the afternoon in Moscow, where protesters aim to hold an unauthorized march on one of the capital's main thoroughfares, and in St. Petersburg.

Protests kicked off in Russia's Far East and Siberia regions, with several dozen demonstrators detained by police, Navalny's team and independent monitors said. Observers have expressed fears that the protests could lead to clashes with police and mass arrests after similar rallies in 2012 led to a huge crackdown on the protest movement. Russian opposition activists are continuing their protests against the re-election of president Vladimir Putin.

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