Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny detained before Moscow protest

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Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been detained at home ahead of a planned unauthorised protest in Moscow, his wife has said, the BBC reports.

“Alexei has been arrested in the entrance to our block of flats,” Yuliya Navalny wrote on Twitter, adding “our plans haven’t changed”.

Mr Navalny earlier called on supporters to attend anti-corruption rallies across Russia.

Mr Navalny was due to attend the rally in central Moscow later on Monday. He was earlier granted permission to hold a rally at Sakharova Avenue but changed the location on the eve of the demonstration to Tverskaya Street, near the Kremlin.

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