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Russian police arrest opposition leader Alexei Navalny

Russian police arrest opposition leader Alexei Navalny

The unauthorised protest was part of nationwide demonstrations taking place under the slogan: "He is not our tsar".

Mr Navalny, who was barred from running in the election against Putin on what he says was a false pretext, was detained soon after showing up on Moscow's central Pushkinskaya Square where young people chanted "Russia without Putin" and "Down with the Tsar".

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

A group that monitors political repression in Russian Federation says more than 350 people have been arrested in a day of nationwide protests against the upcoming inauguration of Vladimir Putin for a new six-year term as president. A helicopter hovered overhead to monitor the crowd.

Putin will be inaugurated Monday for a six-year term.

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News reports and social media postings said that protests had attracted thousands of people in at least 10 cities in the Far East and Siberia.

Activists were detained in Saint Petersburg, the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, the southern city of Krasnodar and in Tambov some 460 kilometres (290 miles) south of Moscow.

Demonstrators are holding protests throughout Russia against the upcoming inauguration of Vladimir Putin for a fourth term as Russian president.

"Similarly, the subsequent violent crackdowns by the police on peaceful demonstrations over the past year - in which hundreds of people have been arbitrarily detained - have shown the persistent failure by the authorities to respect and protect the rights to peaceful assembly and personal liberty". Some arrests by police were reported, but no overall figure was available.

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